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What IF God Was One Of Us? - Matthew 1:18-25

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The Good News that God became a human in the person of Jesus Christ for us and for our salvation should forever define our lives. …

The Good News that God became a human in the person of Jesus Christ for us and for our salvation should forever define our lives.

The message was given on Dec 22, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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  • 1. What IF God Was One Of Us? Matthew 1:18-25 image: Kent Landerholm
  • 2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Today’s Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 Found on page 807 in our guest Bibles.
  • 3. If God had a name, what would it be? And would you call it to his face If you were faced with him in all His glory? What would you ask if you had just one question…?
  • 4. And yeah, yeah, God is great Yeah, yeah, God is good, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
  • 5. What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home?
  • 6. “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you….” ~ King Solomon, in 1 Kings 8:27
  • 7. What IF God Was One Of Us? Matthew 1:18-25 image: Kent Landerholm
  • 8. Be on the lookout for clues about… 1 …the IDENTITY of Jesus 2 …the MISSION of Jesus
  • 9. Matthew 1:18-19 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph,
  • 10. Matthew 1:18-19 being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly….
  • 11. …the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” ~ The Gospel of Luke, 1:26ff
  • 12. But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb a son, and you shall call his name JESUS. ~ The Gospel of Luke, 1:26ff
  • 13. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end….” ~ The Gospel of Luke, 1:26ff
  • 14. And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 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…. For nothing will be impossible with God. ” ~ The Gospel of Luke, 1:26ff
  • 15. Matthew 1:20-21 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
  • 16. Matthew 1:20-21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins….
  • 17. Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
  • 18. John MacArthur Pastor-Teacher-Author “If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: ‘God with us.’ We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.
  • 19. John MacArthur Pastor-Teacher-Author “The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!”
  • 20. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…. ~ The Apostle John in The Gospel of John 1:1, 14
  • 21. “The Incarnation” in·car·na·tion the “en-flesh-ment” or the “embodiment”
  • 22. “[The incarnation] is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible – far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing even than the creation of the universe.
  • 23. “The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe.” ~ Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
  • 24. “Infinite and yet an infant. Eternal and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet nursing at a woman’s breast. Supporting the universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.” ~ Charles Spurgeon 1843-1892
  • 25. Matthew 1:24-25 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
  • 26. The Good News that God became a human in the person of Jesus Christ for us and for our salvation should forever define our lives.
  • 27. 1 God in Christ suffers with us. image: Nicolas Raymond
  • 28. 2 God in Christ suffered for us. image: Christopher Brown
  • 29. “No other religion—whether secularism, Greco-Roman paganism, Eastern religion, Judaism or Islam—believes God became breakable or had a body. Eastern religion believes the physical is illusion. Greco-Romans believe the physical is bad, Judaism and Islam don’t believe God would do such a thing as live in the flesh….” ~ Pastor Tim Keller, “The Gift of Christmas”
  • 30. “The gift of Christmas gives you a resource —a comfort and consolation— for dealing with suffering, because in it we see God’s willingness to enter this world of suffering to suffer with us and for us.” ~ Pastor Tim Keller, “The Gift of Christmas”
  • 31. “If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you want to see if seeing meant that you would have to believe in things like Jesus and the saints and all the prophets?”
  • 32. Would you want to see the face of God if seeing meant that you would have to believe in Jesus…? ?
  • 33. ~ The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
  • 34. “ There is no reality more breathtaking than Jesus Christ. ” ~ John Piper, “The Dangerous Duty of Delight”
  • 35. flickr images courtesy of: Kent Landerholm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landerholm/6565779779/ Nicolas Raymond: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80497449@N04/10011881004/ Christopher Brown: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7853490@N07/3531948937/

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