My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 19th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.
- Do we really consider the meaning of Christmas?
- Have we stopped to consider how life changing the meaning of Christmas is?
- We celebrate the birth of Christ, but do we really understand the life changing impact of what this birth means?
- It is so much more that a fun and family filled holiday… the coming of Christ literally changed the world!
- Has Jesus Christ changed your life?
The Timing – vv. 1-5
Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
In those days
Consider all the circumstances
- Mary and Joseph
- The Govt
- Lineage – Bethlehem, King David
- Inn Keeper
It is a glorious picture of:
- God’s use of people and events to accomplish His will.
- Chance and luck do not exist.
- God’s faithfulness
- God’s eternal plan and purpose
- God’s redemption story
From the beginning, God has had a plan. For all eternity, God has had a plan. From the beginning, Jesus was at the center of that plan.
- The Messiah would be the seed/offspring of a woman and would crush the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15).
- He would come from the seed/offspring of Abraham and would bless all the nations on earth (Genesis 12:3).
- He would be a “prophet like Moses” to whom God said we must listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).
- He would be born in Bethlehem of Judah (Micah 5:2).
- He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
- He would have a throne, a kingdom and a dynasty, or house, starting with King David, that will last forever (2 Samuel 7:16).
- He would be called “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace,” and would possess an everlasting kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7).
- He would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, righteous and having salvation, coming with gentleness (Zechariah 9:9-10).
- He would be pierced for our transgression and crushed for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5).
- He would die among the wicked ones but be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9).
- He would be resurrected from the grave, for God would not allow His Holy One to suffer decay (Psalm 16:10).
- He would come again from the clouds of heaven as the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14).
- He would be the “Sun of Righteousness” for all who revere Him and look for His coming again (Malachi 4:2).
- He is the One whom Israel will one day recognize as the One they pierced, causing bitter grief (Zechariah 12:10).
The Birth – vv. 6-7
She gave birth to her firstborn son
- Favored one – full of grace
- Lord is with you
- Call His name Jesus – Lord Salvation
- Great…Son of the Most High – His deity.
- Throne of David
- Reign over the House of Jacob forever
- Kingdom will be no end.
THINK ABOUT IT:
- He is faithful
- We can trust Him and His Word
- We may not understand (think about Mary and Joseph) how the events of the day will impact all eternity, but we can be sure that God is a God that is working in and through all things for His Glory.
- HIS WORK = JESUS the Gospel
- He was born, and lived, died, and rose from the dead.
- He is GOD WITH US. HE IS JESUS
He came to seek and to save that which was lost – (Luke 19:10)
He came to give life and give life more abundantly – (John 10:10)