Summary: There is arguably no more comforting to the Christian than the fact that God is sovereign. Joseph, although a supporting actor in the nativity narrative, gives an incredible performance.

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Go Joe! (Sermonette)

Matt. 1.18-24

December 8, 2013

Chester, IL Chester FBC Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A There is arguably no more comforting to the Christian than the fact that God is sovereign.

1 Sovereignty is the supremacy of authority/rule.

a Christians believe that their Master is Lord of all creation—the Kingship of God over all the works of His own hands—the Throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne...for it is God upon the Throne whom we trust.

b Christians know that under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all.

2 For the believer, there are no such things as accidents, coincidences, or random events.

a We believe . . .

aa Psalm 103:19 (NASB) The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.

bb Psalm 115:3 (NASB) But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.

cc Psalm 100:3 (NASB) Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

dd Job 42:2 (NASB) "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

b We believe that everything that is done or will be done is controlled by the sovereign hand, authority, rule of our God.

B Everything about the Christmas Story was planned, predestined, foreordained before God said, “Let there be light.”

1 He promised to send a Savior/Messiah who would save His people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21 (NASB) 21 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

a He promised the Savior would be a human & not an angel

Genesis 3:15 (NASB) 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."

Hebrews 2:16 (NASB) 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.

aa He promised the Savior would be a Jew & not a Gentile

Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

Numbers 24:17 (NASB) 17 "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.

bb From the tribe of Judah

Genesis 49:10 (NASB) 10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

cc From the family of David (2 Sam. 1.1-17.)

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