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Summary: The CRADLE, The CROSS, and The CROWN...and practical looks at Jesus’ Wonderful HEART, HANDS, EYES, EARS, BOOK, SPIRIT, AND HOME. Powerpoint at website.

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A “Wonderful” Christmas Message

Isaiah 9:6

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INTRODUCTION: Jesus is Wonderful! The word “wonderful” in the middle of this verse is His name and it is the key word in this verse…it’s rich with meaning, pregnant with truth…an umbrella word under which all the words following it rest [He’s a wonderful counselor…etc.]. “Wonderful” is His first name! And all the words before it tell us what qualifies Jesus as Wonderful.

Isaiah, the prophet looked thru the telescope of prophecy and saw 700 years into the future. He saw three things about our wonderful Lord:

I. HE SAW A CRADLE. "Unto us a child is born"

A. A Cradle of Incarnation. "in the flesh"

1 Tim. 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…

Jn 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…

The creator becomes the creation!

B. A Cradle of Intervention. - Wickedness in the day of Noah. - Building of the tower of Babel. - Jonah on his way to Tarsus. - Paul on the Damascus Road…and you and I in our sin!

C. A Cradle of Inspiration. - God sent His Son. - Angels sang. - Wise men sacrificed. - Shepherds searched for the child. - We should be inspired to serve.

THE GREATEST GIFT

I heard recently about a 90-year-old lady who one Christmas found

buying presents a bit much, so she wrote out checks for all of her

family and friends, and decided she would put them in with her Christmas

cards. She wrote out her Christmas cards and wrote "Buy your own

present" after her name, then sent them off.

But after the Christmas festivities were over, she found the checks

in her desk! Everyone had got a Christmas card from her with "Buy your

own present" written inside but without the checks!

We all like gifts. We like to receive them from those that we

love. And we also enjoy giving them. What Jesus said is certainly

true: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35). I

used to think that the greatest joy of Christmas belonged to children

because they get to experience the excitement of opening their presents.

But I’ve learned that the real excitement of Christmas comes in being

able to give to those who mean so much to you.

Joke: One year, a man decided to buy his wife a different gift for Christmas.

He decided to purchase a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift for her.

The wife thought it was quite strange but she figured: “at least

We won’t have to buy one when the time comes.”

So the next year comes around and the husband did not buy her a gift this

time.

When she asked him why, he replied,

"Why should I, you still haven’t used the gift I bought you last year!"

Unfortunately, our gift list is always so limited. If you’re like

me at this time of the year, you always have a lot of people you would

like to get something special for, but you just don’t have the money. [had to choose 1 missionary]

We can’t give to everyone. But God can, and God has, and there’s no one

who’s been left off of his gift list.


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