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Christmas Eve - What Child Is This? - Part 3

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What Child Is This?

Part 3


The Birth of Jesus

(Luke 2:1-20)

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.’ ‘I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; who is Christ, the Lord.’ ‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

-Luke 2:1-20


What Child is this?

According to…


God:

He is God’s Son, the Promised Savior. 

-John 3:16/Genesis 3:15


Mary:

The Son of God by the Holy Spirit.


Joseph:

His stepson.


Wisemen:

The baby born “King of the Jews”


People in Bethlehem:

A nobody that most were not even aware was even born.


King Herod: 

A nightmare. A rival King to be eliminated.


Shepherds:

One that made them feel important. Special visit by angels who said; “a Savior has been born TO YOU; who is Christ, the Lord.”

Let’s read


(Luke 2:8-20)

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,

keeping watch over their flocks at night.”


“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, [Personal] and the glory of the Lord shone around them, [Personal] and they were terrified. [Personal] But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.’ [Personal]


God is a “Personal” God.


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[Pay attention to the emphasis]


Everything has purpose.

You are everything.


Everything has purpose.

You are everything.


Everything has purpose.

You are everything.


You have purpose


Theologically we believe this to be true because God created “Everything” for a Purpose.


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

–Genesis 1:1

“In him we live and move and have our very being.” 

-Acts 17:28


Everything has purpose.

You are everything.

You are everything to God.


C h r i s t m a s  P r o v e s  i t

Jesus came for you.

Jesus died for you.

Jesus resurrected for you.

Jesus forgives you.

Jesus is coming back for you.

Jesus is always with you.


C h r i s t m a s  P r o v e s  i t


Jesus came for you.

‘I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; who is Christ, the Lord.’


Jesus died for you.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

-Romans 5:8


Jesus resurrected for you.

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again…”

-1 Thessalonians 4:13,14


Jesus forgives you.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life 

in [In connection with] Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-Romans 6:23

“In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

-Colossians 1:14


Jesus is coming back for you.

“We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him… 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 

-1 Thessalonians 4:14-18


Jesus is always with you.

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:20


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Christmas means that

YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN LEFT OUT

and never will be, at least by GOD.


“In his great mercy he [God] has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,”

-1 Peter 3:1,4


The pressures that you undergo are making you into a beautiful, precious, tough diamonds.

If we let them!


You are a Precious Gem.

God has not “Left you out”.


Everything has purpose.

You are everything.

You are everything to God.

C h r i s t m a s  P r o v e s  i t


“In his name the nations will put their HOPE.”

 -Matthew 12:21 [Isaiah 42:1-4]


And In his name so do we.

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