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True Story | Christmas Special (12.25.19)

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“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.”
Galatians 4:4-5

 Jesus’ birth did not begin with the day he was born. His life and ministry were spoken of long before his arrival.

 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 By the fourth chapter of Genesis, Eve was convinced that Cain, the baby she was expecting, was the one promised of God.

 “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. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:15-16

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1

 The gospels are not the beginning of the biology of Jesus.

 All of the details of Jesus’ life were written in the Old Testament before he was born.

 “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,” Psalms 40:7

 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7

 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Luke 24:44

 If you really want to know who Jesus is, refer to the scriptures that he used to reveal himself to his disciples.

 Prophets, priest, kings, and fisherman all wrote details about Jesus that all lined up.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1

“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.”
John 1:14

 John 1:1 and John 1:14 reveal so much when studied together.

 Read up to the first comma of each passage together, then read up to the second comma of each passage together, and then read up to the third comma of each passage together:

In the beginning was the Word, | And the Word was made flesh, |and the Word was with God, |and dwelt among us,|and the Word was God | and we beheld his glory

 The number four has to do with something God is doing in the earth.

 The fourth clause in the Lord’s Prayer references His will in earth.

 The fourth commandment tells us to rest from works

 The four gospels are used to speak of and reveal Jesus to the world.

 Matthew, a tax collector, traces Jesus’ genealogy back to Abraham and writes to reveal Jesus as a King. This account records the Magi, Kings from the east coming to the birth of Jesus.

 Mark, a servant, records no genealogy but writes to reveal Jesus as a servant. This account shows the servanthood of Jesus.

 Luke, a physician, declares that Jesus is also a man with a history traced back to Adam and Jesus’ relationship to humanity. The announcement of Jesus’ birth was first revealed to shepherds who, in this time, were considered of low importance. This account highlights that the gospel is for everyone and no one is excluded.

 John writes of Jesus being God manifested into every promise!

 The word reveals Jesus’ incarnation, humiliation, exhalation, and adoration.

 Jesus was God made flesh.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – 6:30PM Service