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The Doorway to Eternity

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Dec 18, 2002
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Adults

Summary: Using words heard basically at Christmas only. The words here are "brought forth"

The Words of Christmas – Bring Forth A Son…

The Doorway to Eternity

Matthew 1:21-23 December 22, 2002

1. The Sunday before Christmas and excitement is in the air

2. Christmas means many things to many people – time off – bonus money – travel to

family - rest and relaxation – for children presents and stuff

3. Christmas is celebrated in a many ways – from traditional(cut tree on Christmas Eve

and decorate as family happening) – big lunch and gathering – just laying around

being at home and together

4. Whatever Christmas means to you individually – to believers it means something that

is often overlooked and understated

5. What happened there in Bethlehem did something that affects each of today – whether

believers or not

6. If you look at history – all of history (all) is like a door that is hinged upon what and

who Jesus Christ is

7. His death, burial and resurrection are the hinges upon which the door of history hangs

8. But His birth are the pins that hold the door in place – without the pins – no death

burial and resurrection

9. It is upon those pins that a door not only hands – but is allowed to swing open and to

close

10. What we celebrate in just three days is more than just a time honored story found in

Luke 2 – it is more than a children’s play or a musical presentation – what happened

that night in the deserts of Bethlehem under a star that shone so bright – was a

present from God to the world – it was the doorway to eternity

11. Had the birth not occurred – then the crucifixion could not have happened

12. Had the birth not occurred – then the resurrection would not be a possibility

13. Man would have still been going to a legalistic High Priest once a year to have his

sins forgiven – with no way for man himself to come to God alone

14. You must understand that everything we believe – everything we hold dear and

sacred is bound in these swaddling clothes in a manger

15. Those words….and she brought forth….means so much, because she brought forth

to you and to me the doorway to eternity

I. TO BRIDGE A PARTITION:

A. The phrase…and she shall bring forth in v. 21 indicates first of all a bridging of a

partition

1. The Birthing Process:

a. When a young mother to be gives birth – there is a remarkable chain of events

that occurs

b. When this mother lies down on that delivery table – she is literally taking the

chance of loosing her own life to give life to her child

c. It is one of the most remarkable and miraculous sights known to man

d. Through hours of pain, anguish and coaxing – this mother’s body prepares to

separate itself form the young life that has been growing in it for nine months

e. From a microscopic organism to ten fingers and ten toes, two eyes and a nose

this tiny human enters into a world of chaos, confusion and controversy

f. Remember that the birthing process is a separation process – it always separates

the child from the mother

g. It always separates the child from the nourishment and nutrients that was

provided for it in the mother’s womb

h. The birthing process tears that baby from the safe environment it lived in for 9

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