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Summary: God knows what we need, at Christmas and throughout the year. The birth of Jesus caught the Hebrew people by surprise. The gift of the Messiah was different than what they expected, but God knew what they really needed.

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What do I really need this Christmas?

“A Reel Look At Christmas”

Luke 2:1-20

Intro idea: Funny Christmas presents, lots of times people don’t know what we really need. Sometimes we don’t even know…

First movie clip of pink outfit…

Luke 2:4-17 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

NIV

1. The Father knows what we need.

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (v.7)

a. It may be different than what we think we need.

i. What were the Jewish people expecting?

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

ii. What were the shepherds expecting that night?– classic Jewish expectation

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

iii. What were Mary and Joseph expecting?

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (v.7)

b. While things may be confusing on our level they aren’t confusing to the Father.

c. This is true no matter who we are and what we’re doing in God’s kingdom.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them… (Shepherds)

1 Cor 1:26-28 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. NIV

d. What is it that I think I need from the Father this Christmas season? _______________________


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