If there is a single word that describes what Christmas is all about, it’s the little word joy.
Where does Christmas joy come from?
I. The Prophecy of His Coming Micah 5:2
Seven hundred years earlier the Lord had spoken through the prophet Micah and declared that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
The theologians knew the truth but wouldn’t act on it; the shepherds knew very little but what they knew, they believed and immediately acted upon.
II. The Reality of His Coming
The first is that there were no miracles associated with the physical birth of Jesus Christ.
Second, it’s important to remind ourselves that the phrase “this day” means that it really happened.
Everything about the story is true, including the central truth that there really was a baby born in Bethlehem who really was the Son of God.
III. The Result of His Coming
That’s why Christ came—to be a Savior for everyone who will turn to him.
This is the heart of Christmas. God loved us enough to send his only begotten Son.
IV. The Purpose of His Coming
Pause for a moment and consider who was speaking and who was being addressed.
Our Lord came for the forgotten people of the earth and most of the time they are the ones who receive him with the greatest joy.
He Came For You
You can never be saved until you say, “Christ came for me. He died for me. He rose from the dead for me.”
Joy the world, the Lord is come.
Sermon Audio: O Come All Ye Faithful
Speaker: Pastor John Pettigrew
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Advent 2014 – O Come All Ye Faithful
- Jesus called the weary and burdened. Matthew 11:28
- Jesus also called the sinners. Matthew 9:12-13
God wants us to know that we can become a new person. II Corinthians 5:17
- Jesus helps us to become more faithful. Romans 10:17, Isaiah 43:2-3
- Jesus helps us to become more joyful. Galatians 5:22
Happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Jesus.
- Jesus helps us to become more triumphant. Luke 2:10-11
But what we fail to realize is that the living God is the greatest one we could ever have watching our back. Isaiah 9:6-7
We decide every Christmas Season what The Reason for the Season means for us.
1. Jesus Is The Reason for the Season
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Luke 5:32 (NIV) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
2. You Are The Reason for the Season!
John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
3. The Reason for the Season!
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He is the Reason for the Season so I could be The Reason for the Season!
How Can We Thank God Enough?
I Thessalonians 3:9-13
Thanksgiving is a funny sort of holiday; somehow relaxing and tiring at the same time.
When we really pause to think about all that God has done for us, how can we thank God enough?
Thanksgiving is about more than family gatherings and cranberry sauce; it’s about recognizing and proclaiming what our Savior has done for us!
A great part of thanking God enough is sharing the Good News of God’s grace and love with all the people around us.
God has been so good to us, and God loves us so much, and if we really want to thank God, we just can’t keep the wonderful news inside us!
How can we thank God enough?
- We thank God by living as God would have us to live.
- We thank God by serving others in the name of Christ.
- We thank God by sharing the message of God’s great love.
- We thank God by preparing our hearts and seeking to draw nearer to God.
- We thank God by anticipating with great joy that day when we will celebrate “Emmanuel, God with Us.”
What are you thankful for?