Summary: This message considers the importance of the Birth of Christ as we celebrate Christmas...
CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
INTRODUCTION: Christmas should serve as a reminder to every believer that the birth of Christ should be celebrated. It certainly does not mean that Christmas is the only time to rejoice in the fact of His birth, but it should be the emphasis of December the twenty-fifth. In this study, it is my desire that we again celebrate the birth of Christ and do it in such a way that the heavenly Father will be pleased. Volumes could be expounded upon, as it pertains to Christ and His birth; in this study, we will only catch a small glimpse of His profound beauty as we consider Him, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we begin this celebration by considering these three thoughts:
I. THE PROPHECY OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
A. The Accuracy of the Prophecy Being Fulfilled
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1 (quickview) )
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Matthew 3:1-3 (quickview) )