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  • 3. Christmas According to Modern America
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  • 5. Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke…. -Acts 6:8-10
  • 6. Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin…. -Acts 6:11-12
  • 7. They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel…. -Acts 6:13-15
  • 8. Then the high priest asked him, “Are these charges true…?” “ You stiff-necked people, with un-circumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him- you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it….” -Acts 7:1, 51-53
  • 9. When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him…. -Acts 7:54-58
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  • 11. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. -Acts 7:58-60
  • 12. Christmas According to Modern America According to Stephen 100% Jesus
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  • 14. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” -Luke 2:14
  • 15. “ Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword….” -Matthew 10:34
  • 16. “ Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law- a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household….’” -Matthew 10:34-35
  • 17. “ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 10:36-39
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  • 19. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. -Colossians 1:9-22
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  • 21. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. -Luke 2:1
  • 22. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” -Matthew 2:1-2 -Luke 2:1
  • 23. Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “ Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “ Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done…?”
  • 24. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “ You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me….”
  • 25. “ What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion. -John 18:33-40
  • 26. It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. -Mark 15:25-26
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