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Promises, Provision and Peace

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This is the season of miracles. We have the miracle of the virgin mother, the manger and the messengers. Christmas show to us that God is the great promise-maker, the great problem-solver, and the great peace-maker.

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Welcome to the Season of Miracles

A. Welcome to the Season of Miracles
A. Welcome to the Season of Miracles
1. The miracle of the virgin mother
2. The miracle of the manger and messengers
3. The miracle of the magi
B. Each of These Miracles Teaches Us Something About God
1. We can correctly conclude these are messages of Christmas
2. Today let us consider the miracle of the virgin mother
3. It is a message of promises, provision, and peace
C. What Christmas Says to Us About the Virgin Birth

God is the Great Promise-Maker

After creation came the fall and then the promise of redemption.
Genesis 3:15 NKJV
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
a. The promise is of a redeemer
a. The promise is of a redeemer
b. The serpent's head was to be bruised
c. The work of the enemy would be undone
2. What did the promise of redemption entail?
2. What did the promise of redemption entail?
a. God's love would cause Him to provide a Savior for sinners
b. God's grace would bring salvation to those who don't deserve it
3. The virgin birth would announce the coming of the Redeemer (v. 14)
Isaiah 7:14 NKJV
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.

God is the Great Problem-Solver

1. The promise of redemption called for a Savior
2. This Savior was to be born of a virgin (v. 14)
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 7:14 NKJV
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.
a. Consider the creation of Adam and Eve
a. Consider the creation of Adam and Eve
b. All people since that time came by procreation
c. The virgin birth stands alone: a special miracle and a sign
3. Miracles are no problem to God; He specializes in them
4. The virgin birth says God is big enough to solve all our problems
5. Gabriel answered Mary, "With God nothing shall be impossible" ()
Luke 1;37
Luke 1:37 NKJV
37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

God is the Great Peace-Maker

1. This Virgin-born One was to be called “Immanuel”
a. The meaning of the name is "God with us"
b. Man, separated from God, is to be united with Him
2. This virgin-born Savior would redeem us at the cross
3. "Peace, good will toward men" would be the message of Christ's birth ()
Luke 2:14 NKJV
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
4. We have peace with God through faith in this virgin-born Savior ()
4. We have peace with God through faith in this virgin-born Savior ()
Romans 5:1
Romans 5:1 NKJV
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
5. Personal peace comes through full surrender to Him ()
5. Personal peace comes through full surrender to Him ()
Philippians 4:5–7 NKJV
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7
6. Peace on earth will come when Christ returns to reign ()
6. Peace on earth will come when Christ returns to reign ()
Isaiah 9:6–7 NKJV
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
A. Come to Christ in Faith and Find Peace
B. Share the Good News of His Peace Every Day
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