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Dealing with Christmas II - "Hope Giver"

12/09/18

December 9, 2018 • Paul Barnard

Dealing with Christmas II Dealing with Christmas II “hope giver” Luk 1:31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. Luk 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, Luk 1:33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luk 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Luk 1:35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? Luk 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luk 2:9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. Luk 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Three People: Mary the virgin- This was scandalous She was not of wealth Her reputation and life was at stake Luk 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Mary knew the Lord would clear up the situation and she didn’t have to Joseph the Carpenter- -Not a Pharisee, not a banker, not a military leader, not a tax collector, not royalty, a construction hand -God sent His son through a normal guy. Someone people could relate to Shepards (Low life) The Invitation not sent to royalty but to the outcast Who was the gift for? -Those whose lives are misunderstood and down trodden Those who stress from day to day about where income is Those who are alone and have no family -Those who have no hope What do you need for Christmas? hope Conclusion: It is going to be ok. why? its Christmas Life Group Questions 1) Do you have to belong to an elite group of society to be invited to “the party”? 2) Do you have to wait until you have it all together to receive the hope that is available to everyone? 3) Does God overlook you because you are struggling to make ends meet? 4) When you are down and feeling alone, Gods word tells that He is always with us. Do you truly believe that He is with you? Why or why not?