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*/Making the Christmas Connection/*
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*The Christmas Story*
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*The Significance of the Christmas Story…*
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*Part 1: A story of faith*
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/"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered.
"May it be to me as you have said."
Then the angel left her.
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/Luke 1:38 NIV/
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*/            /*/Principle #1:* Submit to God’s plan for your life*/
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*Part 2: A story of courage*
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/When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.
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/Matt 1:24-25 NIV/
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*/            /*/Principle #2:* Live for the Audience of One*/
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*Part 3: A story of love*
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/So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
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/Luke 2:4-7 NIV/
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*/            /*/Principle #3 *Realize you are part of God’s love story*/
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*Making the Christmas Connection: *
The Christmas story points to Christ the Savior.
Will you trust Him?
Will you live for Him? Do you love Him?
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Intro:
 
Christmas…what a wonderful time of year!!
 
Making the Christmas Connection Series…
 
·    /The Christmas Sign/
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·    /The Christmas Song/
 
*Today, the Christmas Story…*
 
It is interesting to hear the Christmas Story from the perspective of a child…
 
Watch this…
[Christmas 101 Video…]
It is interesting how they pieced the Christmas Story together…from memory…(examples...)
 
Today I want to take some time to piece together the Christmas Story from the Bible.
The Christmas story is found in Matt Chapter 1 and Luke Chapters 1&2.
In order to make the Christmas connection we need to know the Christmas Story.
A lot can be said about the Christmas Story…but today I want to focus on 3 significant parts of the Christmas Story.
As we do we will see the Significance of the Christmas story for our lives this Christmas.
Let’s begin with the first part of the Christmas Story…
 
\\ *The Significance of the Christmas Story…It is…*
 
*Part 1: A story of faith*
 
Mary’s part in the Christmas story can be summarized with one word: */faith/*.
In Luke Chapter 1 we read that the angel Gabriel announces to Mary had been chosen to give birth to Jesus the Messiah…
 
Imagine Mary’s surprise when she is told of her the assignment as Jesus’ earthly mother.
Notice Lk 1:34
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
Luke 1:34 NIV
\\ All of this was astonishing news.
Mary was told that she would fall pregnant and give birth to a son who would have deity in his bloodline and who would one day be king of Israel.
Mary asked the angel how this could possibly take place, since she was a virgin.
Literally, what she said was “since a man I know not,” or “since I have no sexual relationship with a man?” \\ \\ Mary’s question was not one of unbelief!
She believed what she was told.
She didn’t even ask for some kind of confirmation, as Zechariah had.
She simply didn’t understand how she could possibly become pregnant.
She did not laugh, as Sarah had laughed when she was told she was going to bear a son.
She did not dismiss the angel’s words.
She simply asked for clarification about something she believed was going to happen.
Lk 1:35-37… \\ 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
37 For nothing is impossible with God.” \\ With quiet faith Mary accepted the angel’s explanation and submitted herself to the Lord.
Lk 1:38…
38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered.
"May it be to me as you have said."
Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:38 NIV
 
Knowing the enormous price she was about to pay, Mary surrendered herself first to the Lord and then to His plan.
Notice that although we have made much of the cost to Mary, she says not a word of it!
She said, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
Servant: doulē: [doo'-lay]
 
THE WORD MEANS...
A slave girl; a handmaid; a female servant; a bondslave.
*Practical Application:*
Mary was saying that she was a bondslave, willing to sell herself out completely to God.
She would possess herself no longer but would give herself completely to God.
 
There’s a wonderfully childlike aspect to her faith.
Near the beginning of 2005, Chinese officials from the Public Security Bureau burst into a Sunday school room at a local church.
They found 30 children inside and herded them into a van.
Despite the scary situation, one child started to sing.
In a few moments, the van was filled with song.
Upon arrival at the police station, the children marched bravely into the interrogation room, still singing to the Lord.
The Chinese officers attempted to force the children to write, "/I do not believe in Jesus,"/ telling them that they had to write it 100 times before they would be released.
Instead of obeying, the children wrote: */"I believe in Jesus today.
I will believe in Jesus tomorrow.
I will believe in Jesus forever!"/*
 
Exasperated, the officials called the children's parents, some of whom did deny Christ.
However, one widowed believer absolutely refused to deny Jesus when she came to pick up her twin sons.
The officers threatened her, saying, /"If you do not deny Jesus, we will not release your sons."
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The widow replied, /"Well, I guess you will just have to keep them, because without Jesus, there would be no way for me to take care of them!" /
 
With no avenues left open to them, the officials said, /"Take your sons and go!"/
Childlike faith is expressed when we can truthfully say in any situation or circumstance:
 
*/"I believe in Jesus today.
I will believe in Jesus tomorrow.
I will believe in Jesus forever!" /*
 
Mary possessed a childlike faith…
 
With absolute trust Mary bows herself to the will of God and declares herself to be His servant.
Her words must have brought great joy to the heart of God.
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