Summary: Christmas Story about God With Us
Last week we studied how Joseph faced this first Christmas
His and Mary’s long journey to Bethlehem
I know you can see them in your mind
Two very simple ordinary people
Just think of all the people they met along the way
People that all they seen was a young pregnant couple
Not knowing that this woman carried the Christ
Mary must have struggled with great doubt along this journey
How can I be the one
How can I be the mother of the Son of God
How can I raise the one that will literally raise me
But she showed great faith
In the angel
In her fiancée
In her God
Many people missed out on that first Christmas
Not even knowing it was taking place
But Mary was fully focused on her task
And when the time came
She, forced to birth her firstborn son in a filthy barn
The only company she had was her fiancée and some cows and sheep
And finally it was done
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
And as they counted his fingers and toes
And as she held him close and looked into his beautiful face
They probably laughed together and cried together
Joseph and Mary
But most of all they worshiped
Because they knew who this child was
They didn’t miss the first Christmas
How could they?
They knew why they were there
They knew what this first Christmas was truly about
About a Savior, the King, Christ child coming to this earth
To save the world from their sins
Because Mary thought back to those words
The words that not only changed her life forever
But changed the world
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which translated means “God with us”
Immanuel - “God with us”.
If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words these would be the words
Sometimes we lose our focus and almost miss Christmas
We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ
But the greater truth of the holiday is His deity.
He is the omnipotent all powerful Creator of the heavens and the earth!
He was infinitely rich, but became poor
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
So tonight lets look at Immanuel GOD WITH US
Creator John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Christ was not only the heir of creation;
He was also in the beginning the divine agent of creation.
The Person of the Trinity through whom the world was made and for whom it was fashioned.
Think of what that means
A hollow ball the size of our sun would hold about one million earth sized planets.
The brightest star in our sky Sirius Canis Major, is twice the size of our sun.
Arcturus is more than 23 times larger than our sun.
Betelguese, one of the stars visible in the constellation Orion is about 300 times larger then our sun.
No wonder Job expressed his awe of God this way in Job 9:2,9 “How should man be just with God? Which maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.”
Job is naming constellations and is in great awe of the handiwork and power of Almighty God Jesus Christ.
So how big is this universe that Jesus, 100% God created?
A ray of light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
It takes 8 ½ minutes for light from the sun to reach us.
That is 93 million miles away from earth
If you could travel that fast you could reach
The moon in a second and a half
Mars in 4 ½ minutes
Jupiter in 35 minutes
Pluto in 5 hours 20 minutes
Alpha Centauri the closest star in 4 years 4 months
Sirius 8 ½ years
Arcturus 37 years
Betelgeuse about 522 years
The size of the universe is incomprehensible.
The baby in Bethlehem made all of it. He created everything.
But we all know that
God didn’t make everything, wind it up like a clock and go away. Without Him the world would fall apart.
He didn’t desert His creation.
He stepped into it as a little infant with only a manger for His cradle.
You may wonder things like did he cry