Summary: If we could condense all the truths of Christianity into three words, They would be "God with us"! This is your Divine Defining Moment to encounter Emmanuel!
Keeping Watch: One Divine Moment
Let’s Look at some Defining Moments in your life:
A Defining Moment is a moment that changes everything. Nothing will be the same for you from this moment on.
September 11, 2001
The Birth of a Child!
The moment the doctor told you…
When you said “Yes” to his marriage proposal!
When you received Jesus as your Savior!
When you receive the call telling you…
When your loved one died!
Today we are going to look at One Divine Defining Moment. Because of this moment, the world will never be the same:
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.
Imagine with me what the moment was like when a young Jewish teenaged girl named Mary heard the Angel say:
31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Imagine what the moment was like when the righteous carpenter who is building a house for his bride to be heard the Angel say:
"Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Imagine what the moment was like when the shepherds keeping watch over lambs for sacrifice had their attention snatched away to the most amazing light show they had ever seen and the most fantastic choir concert they had ever heard, saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Imagine what the moment was like when an evil king who thought he had it made heard some very important people say,
"Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
Imagine what Joseph must have thought the moment he answered the door and saw all the pomp and circumstance and entourage with the Wise Men!
Imagine what it felt like the moment the old man, Simeon, saw the hope and consolation of Israel, wrapped in a baby’s blanket, consoled by his mother after being named and circumcised. Imagine what Mary felt when she heard Simeon say,
29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
Imagine what Joseph and Mary thought the moment they started to take Jesus back from Simeon, only to have an old woman, Anna, step in between them, take the baby and start parading all over the Temple telling everyone that at this very moment, they were looking into the face of the Messiah!
Max Lucado, in his book, “God Came Near”, lists some other Divine Defining Moments that could have happened in the life of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary:
-What was it like to pray in Joseph and Mary’s house, knowing that the One to Whom you were praying is sleeping under your roof?
-What effect did it have on Joseph and Mary when Jesus came home and said he had met a friend named Judas at school?