Many of you here today know the story… but please allow me to tell it
with all the hustle and bustle we sometimes forget the glory of this season and what it means for humanity!
God hear us as we pray to you as your son taught us...
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Father we ask your help to give us ears that hear today, give us eyes that see your truth, we ask that we not store up for ourselves treasures here on earth but rather treasures in heaven. We thank you for this day and for all these who are here gathered with us and we lift up all those who are unable to be here and ask your hand upon them. God we ask that you help us to share with one another in joy and sorrow alike and that by our love for one another the world might know that we belong to you.
So Many Ways
… to preach
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
What kind of baby this was
the promise in the garden
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
the heresy of only deity
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. 1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
Son / Man
because of the fall [new Adam]
47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
promise by prophets
son of man
What was his destiny
OT… God’s faithfulness
20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
13 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I myself made a covenant with your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, saying,
born to die
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Who this child is
Abraham - David -
4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
son of Joseph… carpenter… nazareth…friend of sinners… “the Lord saves”
42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
son of God… God names him!
Jehovah - Immanuel
God… With… Us
garden / fall
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
bush / tent / temple
7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
cross / tomb / resurrection
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Therefore what response does this demand
Isaac Watts - Joy to The World
Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
Joy to the earth the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love