Summary: This is the second sermon in a series that discusses Christmas from the vantage point of the major participants in the incarnation.
Two Opening Songs
Away in a Manger
Welcome and Announcements
Advent Candle Lighting
(as first candle is lit) : On this Second Sunday of Advent, our attention turns toward a group of biblical characters connected with the Christmas Story--the shepherds. Upon hearing the Good News of Jesus’ birth from a host of angelic messengers, they went to see this great sight. And they spread the news to all who would listen. Tidings of good news, which would be for all people! Still today, God calls common people like you and me to go tell others the wonderful news of Christmas--that unto us a child has been born!
(as second candle is lit) Though we honor them, we realize that ultimate honor belongs to the “The Great Shepherd” of our faith, whom we follow as the Messiah for All Time. So we light this “shepherd candle” in his honor today.
VANTAGE POINT: GOD, THE SON
Vantage Point Christmas—Part 2
Have you heard the Top Christmas Gift for children this year? This is put out by the Toy Retailers Association. The Top Christmas Gift is “Baby Born with Magic Potty.”
Display picture of Baby Born Here
Description from this things website
Baby Born is being potty trained!
Place Baby Born onto the Magic Potty and you’ll hear music and see lights flash! Press the crown button and you will hear a flushing sound!
Baby Born has many life-like functions, he can cry real tears, open and close his eyes and can squeal with delight! His limbs move and body is waterproof, enabling you to bath him! Feed Baby Born with her very own special food, and let her drink from her bottle!
Baby Born is wearing a special outfit! He comes with all the accessories necessary to perform the major functions; including a potty, nappy, doll food, bottle, plate and much more!
Baby Born with Magic Potty is a wonderful way to encourage roleplay!
Age: 3 years +
Product #: 348169
Place doll on the potty to hear music and see flashing lights
Press the crown button to hear a flushing noise!
Opens and closes eyes!
Drinks from bottle
Eats own special food
Needs nappy changed
Cries real tears
Squeals with delight
Baby Born boy is anatomically correct!
Bottle, plate, spoon and special doll food!
Musical Potty with LED lights!
Nappy, day and night dummies and birth certificate!
Comes dressed in a special outfit!
JESUS LONGS TO BE OUR GREATEST GIFT
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
--He Knows The Plans of the Father
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20 (NIV)
Speak briefly about The Bethlehem Star DVD and www.bethlehemstar.net Software is Starry Night.
--He Knows The Predictions of the Prophets
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
--He Experienced the Previews of the Old Testament
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" John 8:58 (NIV)
The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.  Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. Genesis 18:1-2 (NIV)
"Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"  The commander of the Lord’s army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:14-15 (NIV)
JESUS RELISHES THE MYSTERY OF BEING OUR IMMANUEL
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15 (NIV)
Jesus is the very representation of God in His incarnation. God’s complete character—his holiness, love, and truth—is expressly imaged in Jesus Christ. In human flesh Christ is the exhibition of God’s righteousness and justice, his grace and mercy, his constancy and faithfulness. Whatever may be said about the nature of God is show forth in the person of Jesus Christ.