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Christmas Eve (like a child) 2017

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Matthew 1:18–23 HCSB
The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”
Matthew 1:18–23 HCSB
The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”

Lottie Moon

Children are Staying!

Shake and Howdy

Message:

Intro:
Joe just in children’s sermon, emphasized the humanity of Jesus, and how Jesus humbled himself to become a baby.
The Almighty God needed nothing.
Acts 17:24–25 HCSB
The God who made the world and everything in it —He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.
Thee's nothing that he cannot do
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty,
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do.
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty,
There's nothing that he cannot do
There's nothing my God cannot do.
The rivers are his, the mountains are his
The mountains are his, the rivers are his,
The stars are his handiwork too
the stars are his handiwork, too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty,
There's nothing that he cannot do
There's nothing my God cannot do.
Marvel at the fact that Almighty God became a tiny baby. The eternal Son took on human flesh, 1 person with 2 natures, fully divine and fully human.
There is something about Christmas that can bring about the inner child in us. the smells, the lights, the chill. When we think of the Christmas Story and how Almighty God, humbled himself to become a baby, it reminds us of something Jesus taught about us. That we must humble ourselves to have child-like faith.
READ
Luke 18:15–17 HCSB
Some people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Why would
In what way does God want us to welcome the Kingdom like a little child? There is something important here, listen to last verse.
Property Laws of a Toddler
(Evidences of Original Sin)
Test this on the toddlers in your home or church this Christmas!
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
Not in terms of spiritual maturity.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Deb Lawrence, Missionary to the Philippines with SEND International, quoted in Prokope, November/December, 1992, p. 3.
Galaxie Software. (2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.
Not in terms of spiritual maturity.
1 Corinthians 3:1–2 HCSB
Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready,
1 Corinthians 13:11 HCSB
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.

We Must be child-like in terms of our dependence upon God. completely dependent.

As I was thinking over this message, I was reminded how quickly this goes away. Both of my children started out so small, but it wasn’t long before they started saying, “I’ll do it myself.”
This is why this passage comes right after the famous parable of the Pharisee and tax collector praying.

The Pharisee didn’t need God (his use of “I”)

The Tax Collector though, was helpless like a baby. He recognized that he was a sinner and that nothing could save him except the mercy of God.

The point:
Luke 18:14 HCSB
I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
So as you read the Christmas story tonight and you think about that little baby, be reminded of his humility.
Philippians 2:6–11 HCSB
6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
and approach him humbly...
reaching up.
I can’t clothe myself with righteousness.
I hungry and I need you to feed me with the bread of life.
I’m thirsty, I need the living water of the Holy Spirit of God.
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