Summary: Advent message of the birth of Christ. Jesus is our miracle and is exactly what we needed at a time we needed.
Jesus is your miracle
This morning I want us to take a look at the miracle of Jesus birth.
For you to fully understand, you have to look at the birth of Jesus as your own personal miracle.
That a loving God would leave heaven and come to this earth in a miraculous way to show you that you mean the world to him.
To doubt or question his birth is to doubt that He did it for you.
It would make it a Sunday school story that will not change your life or the way that you live your life.
Isaiah the prophet records-
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Immanuel translated means “God with us”
Christ translated means “The anointed one”
The anointed one Jesus Christ has come to be with us.
Luke 1:26-1:38 Read from Bible
Mary, the innocent virgin God selected to birth His son was told to name him Jesus- Mary’s response- “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
She was afraid, but knew that this was a God moment. Listen to this as her faith moves from curious to living faith.
Luke 1:39-1:45 (Bible)
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed, ”Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in the womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promise to her!”
Maybe I need to ask you a different question- Do you believe in miracles?
Babies come in all shapes and sizes, and many different weights and lengths, but there was only one that came by the power of the Holy Spirit to a virgin. Do you believe that? That was a miracle.
A supernatural birth that God Himself announced ahead of time and then made it happen for the redemption of mankind.
“Don’t seek miracles. Follow Jesus. And if you follow Jesus long enough and far enough, you’ll eventually find yourself in the middle of some miracles.”
I never have any difficulty believing in miracles since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart.”
I believe in miracles.
I believe miracles are supernatural things that God does for us because He cares for us and wants to be involved in our lives.
I don’t believe finding your keys in the basement after you lost them a year ago is a miracle, it is a circumstance. You found them where you left them. Finding them right after you pray is an answer to prayer.
Jesus performed nine miracles I see in Scripture. I am sure He did more.
Walking on water is a miracle. (Don’t believe me try it)
Healing someone terminally ill is a miracle.
Water into wine- something supernatural, something that cannot be a coincidence or explainable.
Jesus, God coming in human form by the virgin birth is a miracle. Explainable only because God said that He would do it and witnessed by the people around Him.
I know that there are people who say “How can you believe in miracles in our scientific age?”
Because… I believe in a God that is not limited by any boundaries of time or space.
Truth is…I have a problem with Christians that don’t believe in miracles, the virgin birth, instant healings, The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and that God wants to dwell inside of a believer.
Those that doubt Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.
That would limit what Jesus (God) can do, or has done to their own abilities and thinking.
THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A MIRACLE IS.
Pastors, Theologians, and churches that explain away the miracles of the Bible and dismiss the reality of miracles today- I would tell you that if I attended a church like that, I would not be there long. I would be out the door and attending somewhere that believes what God has recorded and wanting to see what God still wants to do!
They say that the miracles of the Bible were only events that amazed people who were ignorant.
I will give you my theological view of that – hogwash! These people preach a different gospel than what I see in the Bible.
A father asked his son what he learned in Sunday School. The little boy said, we learned about how Moses went behind enemy lines to rescue the Jews from the Egyptians. Moses ordered engineers to build a pontoon bridge over the Red Sea. After the people crossed, he sent bombers back to blow up the bridge and the Egyptians tanks that were following them. Did your teacher really say that? No, but if I told you what he really said, you would never believe me.