Summary: How the birth of Jesus was special and the special events that God orchestrated and how that affects us today.
A King is Born
Born to a Woman who was a Virgin
Born to a Man who was Virtuous
Born in Fulfillment of a Vision
Born to be God with Us
As the ushers collect our offering, I want you to listen to this story.
There were hundreds of people that were gathered outside to get a glimpse of the royal newborn. There were thousands more that were at the palace to hear the announcement of this royal birth.
One young man remembered the royal birth this way.
“I was aged eight and we were all assembled in the school hall to be told the news and to celebrate the birth. Our headmaster stood proudly at his lectern and announced that "a very special baby boy" had been born.
He explained that this baby boy was different to other baby boys because he had been born to rule over us. He was a Prince and one day, when we were all grown up, he was going to be our King.” Neil Welton, United Kingdom
The date is June 21, 1982 and this is how the birth of Prince William is remembered.
BBC online – on this day – Accessed 11/26/2008 @ http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/witness/june/21/newsid_2984000/2984020.stm
This is a bit different than the birth that took place nearly 2000 years earlier out among the animals with a manger for a bed for the birth of the One who came into the world as the King.
There were no crowds of people waiting outside.
There were no assemblies of kids being gathered together to be told the news.
There was the loneliness of a stable in the still of the night along with a few shepherds.
But even though there were not thousands gathered around for the birth of this King, God had been planning so that the birth of this King would truly be special event.
This morning we are continuing our series, “A King like no other” and we are going to look at
how the birth of this King was special and
what this birth means to us today.
Turn with me to Matthew 1:18-25 (p. 681)
Last week Andy did a great job in taking us through the genealogy of Jesus and showing us that Jesus really is the One that was foretold from long ago and that because He is the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning his earthly ancestry, He is our hope for our future eternity.
This morning, we will continue on in Matthew from the Genealogies to how this King was born.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "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. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us."