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Summary: WE CAN CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT GOD’S PRESENCE WITH US IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR GOD’S CHILDREN. WE CAN GAIN COMFORT IN THE REALIZATION THAT BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US, WE CAN FACE LIFE'S SITUATIONS, KNOWING WE ARE NOT ALONE.

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WHY THE CHRIST CHILD

ISAIAH 53:1-12

LAST WEEK WE BEGAN OUR ADVENT CELEBRATION LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS BY LOOKING AT THE NAME “IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US.” THIS BLEST PROMISE ALLOWS US TO REALIZE THAT GOD IS WITH US EACH DAY OF OUR LIVES, NOT JUEST AT CHRISTMAS.

WHEN WE CELEBRATE “IMMANUEL” WE CELEBRATE THE WAY THAT GOD HAS CHOSEN TO SAVE SINNERS. WE CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT GOD IS WITH US TO COMFORT US DURING TIMES OF SORROW. WE CAN CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT GOD’S PRESENCE WITH US IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR GOD’S CHILDREN. WE CAN GAIN COMFORT IN THE REALIZATION THAT BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US, WE CAN FACE THE TIME OF OUR DEATHS IN THE FULL REALIZATION THAT THERE IS SOMETHING FAR BETTER IN STORE FOR US, THAT IS SO GOOD WE CANNOT EVEN CONCEIVE OF IT IN ITS FULLNESS.

GOD IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY CHOSE TO ENTER INTO THE WORLD AS A BABE TO ALLOW THE PROPHECIES OVER THE AGES TO STAND IN SUPPORT THAT JESUS AND JESUS ALONE IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.

MATHEMATICIANS HAVE GIVEN US THIS INFORMATION

1 PERSON FULFILLING 8 PROPHECIES 100,000,000,000,000,000

1 PERSON FULFILLING 48 PROPHECIES 1 X 10 TO THE 157 POWER

1 PERSON TO FULFILL 300+ PROPHECIES. ONLY JESUS!

THIS PARTICULAR PASSAGE WE READ FROM ISAIAH WAS PROPHECIED 750 YEARS BEFORE JESUS’ BIRTH.

THE THING THAT WE MUST MAKE CLEAR IS THAT THIS IS THE PROPHECY ABOUT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, AND THESE PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED IN JESUS, PROVING THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH.

MANY OF THE MAJOR DOCTRINES OF CHRISTIANITY, CAN BE FOUND IN THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. WHEN WE CONSIDER THE NAME “IMMANUEL” – “GOD WITH US” IT REMINDS OF THE DOCTRINE OF OMNIPRESENCE, GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US. THE TITLE “LORD JESUS” SATISFIES BOTH THE DEMANDS OF BOTH HUMANITY AND GOD. THE FACT THAT GOD GAVE “HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” ILLUSTRATES GOD’S LOVE. THE BABY JESUS POINTS OUT THE DOCTRINE OF HUMILITY.

THE BEAUTIFUL HYMNS THAT WE SING AT CHRISTMAS CONTAIN MANY, AND IMPLY MANY MORE, OF THE MAJOR THEMES OF CHRISTIANITY. THEY TOO POINT TO JESUS AS THE MESSIAH. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO USE THE HYMN “HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING” AS A SPRINGBOARD TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.

SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT THE ANGELS WERE SINGING ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS NIGHT. WAS IT A SONG AT ALL, OR WAS IT JUST THEIR VOICES RAISED IN A RAPSODY OF PRAISE TO GOD. WE ARE NOT TOLD WHAT THEY SANG, ONLY THAT THEY SAID:

LUKE 2:14: 14 “GLORY TO GOD IN HIGHEST HEAVEN, AND PEACE ON EARTH TO THOSE WITH WHOM GOD IS PLEASED.’’

THE CAROL THEN IS THE AUTHORS ATTEMPT TO PUT TO WORDS, SOME OF THE THINGS AND IDEAS THAT THE ANGELS MIGHT HAVE USED TO PRAISE GOD FOR HIS COMING AND SOME OF THE GREAT THEOLOGICAL TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE.

POINT ONE: THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS:

THE FIRST STANZA OF THIS CAROL BRINGS US FACE TO FACE WITH THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL.

PEACE ON EARTH AND MERCY MILD

GOD AND SINNERS RECONCILED!

JOYFUL ALL YE NATIONS RISE

JOIN THE TRIUMPH OF THE SKIES

THIS HYMN REMINDS US THAT THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS AND THAT WE ARE TO BE EXCITED ABOUT IT. THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IS ABOUT THE SALVATION OF THOSE WHO WILL PUT THEIR FAITH AND TRUST IN JESUS WHO IS THE CHRIST AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR. THE ANGER GOD HAS OVER SIN IS ABOUT TO BE SATISFIED, THE PLAN IS NOT ONLY IN PLACE NOW, BUT IS BEING ACTED ON THROUGH THE BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH.


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