Summary: Two celebrations collide, Christmas and Communion. What are things we should remember about Christ on this day?
Luke 22:17-19 (NIV)
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
Points to Remember:
1. Isaiah 9:1-7
Isaiah 9:1-7 (NIV)
1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan-- 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
- Wonderful Counselor
Isaiah 11:1-5 (NIV)
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD--
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
ii. He would have the words of eternal life
iii. He would show the way of salvation
- Mighty God
God would come in bodily form
Colossians 2:9 (NIV)
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
John 1:1 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 (NIV)
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- Everlasting Father
i. He would reveal the Father
ii. He would compassionately protect and supply the needs of His children
Psalms 103:13 (NIV)
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
- Prince of Peace
i. He would bring peace with God
Romans 5:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
ii. He would bring deliverance from sin and death
Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
2. Luke 1:1 – 39
- No pomp and circumstance
- No band playing
- No fan fare
- The king of the universe
- The creator of heaven and earth made His entrance in the humblest of means
- His sole purpose in coming is deliver us from our sin and to bring us to eternal life
3. Invitation to the Table
- Luke 22:19 says “remember me”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.