The way God works
Sermon shared by Gregory Griffin
Summary: Unlikely characters in the birth of Christ are used, it seems God always uses those least likely and or out of character.
Audience: General adults
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The way God works- The Christmas Story
God works in mysterious ways. You have heard that expression before and it is true. The scripture says that he uses the foolish to shame the wise. He has a way of taking the least likely and making them his instrument and/ or chosen one. He takes the unequipped and uses them to accomplish the impossible. Time and time again God does things His way and usually goes against human logic. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ was no different. To set the stage we have to understand what the Jews were waiting for. They were waiting for a King, in the earthly sense. One who would come on the scene and take control with much pomp and circumstance. Surely he would be a Religious Leader who would be wealthy and able to garner the respect and admiration of the elitist of the day. But as is the tendency of God, He chooses to accomplish His divine will and purposes in a manner that requires mankind to look beyond the superficial, beyond the flesh and beyond the laws of physics and even common sense at times. God is sovereign, and does as he pleases. The most important event in the History of mankind transpired in a rather low profile manner, but Godís signature and ordination or everywhere we look. First letís look at whom he chose to give birth to the Christ Child.
I. Mary Godís choice as the Mother of Jesus.Luke 1: 26-49
A. an ordinary young woman
B. She is told she has found favor in Godís eyes.
C. She is identified as a humble woman in Luke 1:48
D. She was not royalty, or rich or politically powerful.
E. She was just a young woman who God found favorable.
F. The idea that the King of the Jews would be born of such a woman was unthinkable to most Jews.
G. Later in the life of Christ as He began to teach in a Synagogue, it was said he taught as one who had authority.
H. The Jewish leaders immediately began to refer back to His humble roots.
I. Isnít this the carpenterís son?
J. God loves to take the unlikely and make them the center of the universe.
H. In the old testament, when God would choose the replacement King for Israel when the peopleís choice, Saul had failed, He sent Samuel to a man named Jesse to look at his Sons. Jesse called all of them in from the fields except David who was just a young boy. Guess whom God chose to be King. The least likely.
I. God chose Mary because of what she was, not so much who she was.
J. She was humble, faithful, and willing to stand with her Son to the very end.
K. She would be instrumental in the beginning of the New Testament Church in the book of Acts.
L. The Lesson here: God chooses whom he wishes. He doesnít read your resumeí
M. God equips whom he chooses; he does not necessarily choose those who are equipped.
II. Shepherds are chosen to announce the Birth of Christ to the world. Luke 2:8-18
A. Of all the people in the world to tell of the birth of Christ, God chose shepherds.
B. Think about that just a moment.
C. Look at where they were. In the fields, tending sheep. Not in town where many people were gathered.
D. Look at who they were. They were tenders of livestock.
E. Not political leaders, not pillars of the community.
F. Not the leaders of the local economy.
G. No, all of the elite of the day would have to receive the
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