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Presentation1 christmas 2010

Presentation1 christmas 2010



Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20
The “Christmas Story”

Reasonable to Trust God

Reasonable to Worship God

Reasonable to Obey God



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    • Luke 2:1-20
      The “Christmas Story”
      Luke 2:1-20
      The “Christmas Story”
    • Luke 2:1-20
      At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.
      2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
      3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.
      4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.
      5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
      6 And while they were there, the time came for her Baby to be born.
      7 She gave birth to her first Child, a Son. She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
    • 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
      9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified,
      10 but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
      11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
      12 And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a Baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger."
      13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
    • 14 "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."
      15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
      16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the Baby, lying in the manger.
      17 After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this Child.
      18 All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished,
      19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
      20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
    • Reasonable to Trust God
      Reasonable to Worship God
      Reasonable to Obey God
    • God predicted with absolute accuracy, details before the events happened, surrounding the birth, life and death of Jesus which is called the Christ…
      Hundreds of years before they happened…
    • Some prophecies concerning Christ
      $$ returned for potters field
      False witness’s
      Silent when accused
      Struck and spit upon
      Hated without cause
      Crucified with sinners
      Hands and feet pierced
      Mocked and insulted
      Given gall and vinegar
      Prays for enemies
      Side to be pierced
      No bones broken
      Buried with rich
      Offspring of woman
      Promised offspring of Abraham
      Descended from tribe of Judah
      Heir to throne of David
      Born in Bethlehem
      “Time” of birth
      Born of a Virgin
      Slaughter of infants
      Escape into Egypt
      Ministry into Galilee
      Priest like Melchizedek
      Rejection by Jews
      Triumphal entry
      Betrayed by Friend
      Sold for 30 pieces of silver
    • This is not a completed list …
      To predict
      Toorchestrate and
      To follow through
      No big “thing” for God!
    • Reasonable to Trust God
      Since we can trust HIM with details like this…
      He even takes care of the sparrows
      Then it goes without even ‘saying’ that He is gonna take care of you and me…
    • Trust in the Lord with all thy heart…
      2 Sam 22:3
      The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; Thou savest me from violence.
      Job 13:15
      Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.
      Ps 56:4
      In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
    • Reasonable to Worship God
      What is WORSHIP?
      Honor, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act, reverential attitude of mind or body or both, "fear" but this primitive meaning is completely merged into reverence…
    • Jesus was worshiped while a babe by :
      Angels… Mary… Shepherd's…
      And later by Anna… Simeon… and the Wise Men
      We to are required to Worship Him
      God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
      Not meant to be a negative… for our good
    • Worship is a big subject…
      • Different for individuals
      • Internal and/or external
      • Requires acknowledgement of Him
      • Puts “us” into proper perspective
      • Not an option
      • Acknowledges His character
      • It is a joy and privilege
      • Requires acknowledgement of His deeds
    • 1 Chron 16:29
      Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
      Ps 86:9
      All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; and shall glorify Thy name.
      Matt 2:2
      Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.
      Luke 4:8
      And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
    • Reasonable to Obey God
      If we can Trust and Worship Him we also need to obey Him…
      None of us would disagree…
      Yet all of us have trouble submitting to this
    • We like certain verses and principles but not all of His Word…
      1 John 5:12
      He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
      1 Cor 6:19-20
      What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
      20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
    • Lam 3:30
      Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.
      Matt 5:44
      But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    • At this time of the year especially we need to remember . . .
      Our purpose does not naturally align up with His TRUST
      This life is not about us WORSHIP
      We were boughten/left here for a reason