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Summary: The gift of Christ at Christmas is powerful, personal, and life-changing.

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For centuries now gifts and giving have become synonymous with Christmas. Kids in particular become enthralled in the process of receiving gifts. And kid’s tear open gifts without any hesitation. “You never hear kids say, O no, you shouldn’t have.

And yet the great gift of Christmas seems to catch everyone off guard.

Imagine Mary…it all caught her off guard in the best way…TRANSCENDED ANY EXPECTATIONS…

Most gifts are wonderful and welcomed, but once in a while someone is able to look… “Not what I expected, but just what I wanted.” That’s what we find in the great gift of Christmas. I don’t know what you might be getting for Christmas but nothing will compare to what God has given.

Isaiah 9:2,6-7

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.

[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.

First thing,

1. God’s gift is MORE PERSONAL THAN EVER IMAGINED.

We all want personal gifts…ones that show they really involved the giver.

> “Unto us a child is born…a son is given.”

Here is one of many birth announcements from God. Many had known this one…yet missed it. In fact, in the coming of Christ God sent 100’s of prophecies…detailed announcements. How could it be missed? In part because they saw them as mountain peaks. In the distant peak they could see the coming of a Reigning/Restoring King but in the foreground is the coming of a Suffering Servant.

The suffering servant was that which has proved hardest to apprehend. NO ONE EXPECTED GOD TO BE SO VULNERABLE, yet that is just what God has done…(Hebrews 1:1-3) It’s a mystery that never ceases to still our souls…in both surprise…and satisfaction. When lofty and lowly met when the eternal entered the earthly; when heaven entered humanity, and destroyed the powers that divide us forever.

God coming to humanity…coming as a child. God placed his life in Mary’s hands…and so with us.

John 3:16

…but theirs more, for in the culture of the time the firstborn represents the entire inheritance.

Illus - True story of man who lost a son he had cherished. Upon his own death his things were sold. A painting of his son which was plain and showed no particular beauty was given no attention. Only one man offered to buy it… the poor caretaker who had helped love that son… and wanted it out of personal affection. When the auction was over and the will was read, it was announced that the man’s entire inheritance would be given to whoever bought the painting of the son.

> SO ALL THAT GOD HAS IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU!

Hebrews 1:2

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.


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