Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for HE shall save His people from their sins.”

Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:11-12 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

I have quoted these verses to remind all of us….that no matter how long it seems we have to wait for God to fulfill a promise…..He will.

God sent HIs Son….on a mission so vital to us….with a message designed to show us our hearts….withdrawn, alone, distressed…

….and draw us to God.

When God sent HIs Son is very important. Israel was barely a nation anymore….they were under Rome….mostly despised….and the people and country trampled under foot of all the soldiers, laws, and trappings of Rome.

Yet God sent His Son to save us… manifest His glory and grace to a nation, a people, and a world that had refused His authority for almost two thousand years.

As the song says

“O little town of Bethlehem…how still we see thee lie. Amid thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent hours go by. Yet in thy dark street shineth the Everlasting Light….

….the hopes….and fears….of all the years, are met in thee tonight.”

Christ Jesus was sent…yet He came as a “helpless” babe.

God could have sent HIs Son….full grown and capable of taking care of Himself….but God placed His Son, by the Holy Spirit within a woman….fulfilling the first promise He gave concerning the coming of the Savior.

(Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”)

When Christ came He became to us all that was told of Him.

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called:

Wonderful: How many times have I thought this about my lovely Lord Jesus….about Him…and what He has done for me!

Counselor: His Word comes to us as guidance and encouragement…to come boldly to our Heavenly Father….and to show us the way to go, since He traveled this road, too.

The Mighty God: He has always been in control….for His Word spoke the heavens and the earth into being. And He is in charge now, for me.

The everlasting Father: Christ is one with the Father….and when He was risen, He said, “I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God and your God.” (John 20:17)

And He has made it possible for us to know the love of the Father…”I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved me.” (John 17:23)

The Prince of Peace: Peace is His gift to us….but it also is His element, and way. He is the God of peace….and when He comes to a heart….He gives His peace to “..keep our hearts and minds..” (Philippians 4:7)….as when He stilled the raging sea by, “Peace, be still.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

His kingdom now, within us is a kingdom of “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

We started this by reminding all of us of God’s faithfulness in sending Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

And I will end in reminding all of us of God’s faithfulness to us this past year….even into the coming one.

He will perform…would be enough.

But it says the zeal….the ardor and fervor of the Lord of hosts…will perform it.

Let us praise HIs Name….Jesus, who came to save us from our sins….

….Christ, anointed with fullness by the Holy Spirit and with gladness to do the Father’s Will…to fulfill the Purpose of God for us.

Let us remember and stand with Him in the days, months, and years ahead….and praise Him.

“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace good will toward men”

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