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Introduction

When you think of Christmas, what comes to mind? The excitement of Christmas morning. The surprises, the joyful voices of opening presents. Maybe its the hustle and bustle of shopping season. Maybe Christmas is a sad time, missing someone you love that is no longer here with us. Maybe your memories of Christmas wouldn’t be put on a postcard. What ever your thoughts are regarding Christmas, I want us to look at the Word of God and Consider a fresh renewed view of Christmas. Please open your bibles to Isaiah Chapter 6

Isaiah see the Lord

Isaiah 6:1–5 ESV
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
King Uzziah reigned for 52 years, the year he died the prophet Isaiah see the true king of Israel in His glory. Christmas isn’t about a baby in a manager. This is a vision of the LORD GOD almighty. Adoni, the Lord seated on his throne. Isaiah sees him and he responds with woe to me. I am for I am lost. I am a man of unclean lips. HE immediately knew of the holiness of God and his own sin. He knew he was finished. Without Christmas Isaiah is right. HE is lost, he is finished. Christmas is about THE KING choosing to subjecting himself to the sin of Isaiah, and the sin of you and me. This king who’s glory fills the heavenly temple not only subjected himself to the sin, HE became the sin.
Isaiah see the Lord

God becomes flesh

Philippians 2:6–8 ESV
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:
The king of Eternal Glory Jesus the Christ, humbled Himself. Being born in the likeness of men!! HE chose to do this
Hebrews 2:14-
Hebrews 2:14–17 ESV
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
The children, the sheep, the people of God are flesh and blood. The angle Gabriel said His name will be called Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Therefore The king who Isaiah saw, had to become flesh and blood just as we are. Why? because it is flesh and blood that has sinned. The only way for the sin to be paid for , is a man of flesh and blood to pay for it. The only way God justice could be satisfied, He himself the pure and holy glorious one had to die.
This death destroyed the who has the power of death, that is the DEVIL*****-----
He helps the off spring of Abraham- anyone who places their faith in Jesus is a child of grace just like Abraham- saved by faith.
Not everyone places their eternal faith in Jesus, therefore not everyone is the offspring of Abraham—
Have you? what is Christmas for you? Is it the eternal King who became your savior?
He made propitiation for the sins of the people- the holy glorious eternal almighty King became a man, swaddled in clothes by his mother. All for one reason- to die for you. He a man died in your place, the place of holy justice. Your place he took upon Himself. Paid in full nothing lacking and then rose from the dead, giving us victory over death.
So as we go on tonight on the eve of Christmas, love much, praise much, receive much. When you wake up in the morning to exchange gifts, pause as a family and pray to the Glorious almighty King Jesus who gave us the greatest gift of ALL!!!
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