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Summary: The Miracle of the Incarnation of Christ

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TITLE: The Miracle of Christmas

TEXT: Galatians 4:4-5

INTRO: Congregation joins in Responsive Readings-

1. Isa. 9:2-7 & 7:14

2. Luk. 2:7-16

I. MIRACLE OF THE PROMISE

A. God Made a Promise to Adam & Eve

1. When man fell in the Garden of Eden curse was put

upon the human race

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Gen. 3:19)

2. But God also promised a Savior

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Gen. 3:14-15)

B. God Made a Promise to Abraham

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Gen. 12:2-3)

C. The Prophets Spoke Forth God's Promises

1. Balaam spoke of a Star and a King coming from Jacob

(Num. 24:17)

2. Isaiah said the Savior would be:

-Born of a Virgin (Isa. 11:1-2)

-A descendant of Jesse

-Named Immanuel (God with us)

-A Ruler sought by the Gentiles (Isa. 7:14; 60:3)

3. Micah prophesied that He would be born in Bethlehem

4. Jeremiah said He would be a descendant of David

II. MIRACLE OF HIS BIRTH

A. God Choreographed the Events of History

1. Caesar Augustus ordered a census. Every Jew had

to go to his home town to register (Luk. 2:1-4)

2. Mary and Joseph were of David's lineage,

so they had to go to Bethlehem

B. At the Right Time, Jesus was Born

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Gal. 4:4-5)

C. God Came Into Human Flesh

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Joh. 1:14)

1. He left Heaven with all its glories to come to earth

"Christ by highest heaven adored,

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come,

Offspring of the virgin's womb,

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

Hail the incarnate Deity,

Pleased as man with meen to dwell,

Jesus our Emmanuel."

-Hark the Herald Angels Sing verse 2

2. While on earth, Jesus knew what it was to be:

-Hungry

-Tired

-Poor

-Despised by others

3. He suffered temptation, yet never committed a single sin

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Heb. 4:15)

III. MIRACLE OF REDEMPTION

A. We Cannot Comprehend God's Love

"But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!" (Rom. 5:8 HCSB)

B. Jesus Was Born to Give His Life for Us


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