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

image: Kent Landerholm
God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Found on page 807 in our guest Bibles.
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 w...
And yeah, yeah,
God is great
Yeah, yeah,
God is good,
yeah, yeah,
yeah, yeah, yeah
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?
“But will God indeed
dwell on the earth?
Behold, heaven and
the highest heaven
cannot contain
you….”
~ King Solomon,
in 1 ...
What IF
God Was
One Of Us?
Matthew 1:18-25

image: Kent Landerholm
Be on the lookout
for clues about…
1 …the IDENTITY of Jesus
2 …the MISSION of Jesus
Matthew 1:18-19

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took
place in this way. When his mother
Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,
...
Matthew 1:18-19

being a just man and unwilling to
put her to shame, resolved to
divorce her quietly….
…the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of
Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a
man whose name was Jo...
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and
tried to discern what sort of greeting this might
be. And the angel said t...
“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 Dav...
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be,
since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her,
“The Holy Spirit will com...
Matthew 1:20-21

But as he considered these things,
behold, an angel appeared to him in
a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of
D...
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….
Matthew 1:22-23

All this took place to fulfill what the
Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive...
John MacArthur
Pastor-Teacher-Author

“If we could condense
all the truths of
Christmas into only
three words, these
would...
John MacArthur
Pastor-Teacher-Author

“The greater truth of
the holiday is His
deity. More astonishing than a baby in the
...
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 u...
“The Incarnation”
in·car·na·tion

the “en-flesh-ment”
or

the “embodiment”
“[The incarnation] is by far the most
amazing miracle of the entire Bible
– far more amazing than the
resurrection and mor...
“The fact that the infinite, omnipotent,
eternal Son of God could become man
and join himself to a human nature
forever, s...
“Infinite and yet an infant.
Eternal and yet born of a
woman. Almighty, and yet
nursing at a woman’s
breast. Supporting th...
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 he...
The Good News that
God became a human
in the person of Jesus Christ
for us and for our salvation
should forever define our ...
1
God in Christ
suffers with us.

image: Nicolas Raymond
2
God in Christ suffered for us.
image: Christopher Brown
“No other religion—whether
secularism, Greco-Roman
paganism, Eastern religion,
Judaism or Islam—believes
God became breaka...
“The gift of Christmas
gives you a resource
—a comfort and
consolation— for
dealing with suffering,
because in it we see
G...
“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
t...
Would you want to
see the face of
God if seeing
meant that you
would have to
believe in
Jesus…?

?
~ The Apostle Paul
in 2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let
light shine out of
darkness,” has shone in
our hearts to ...
“ There is no reality more
breathtaking
than Jesus Christ. ”

~ John Piper, “The Dangerous Duty of Delight”
flickr images courtesy of:
Kent Landerholm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landerholm/6565779779/
Nicolas Raymond: http://www...
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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 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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What IF God Was One Of Us? - Matthew 1:18-25

  1. 1. What IF God Was One Of Us? Matthew 1:18-25 image: Kent Landerholm
  2. 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. 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. 4. And yeah, yeah, God is great Yeah, yeah, God is good, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
  5. 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. 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. 7. What IF God Was One Of Us? Matthew 1:18-25 image: Kent Landerholm
  8. 8. Be on the lookout for clues about… 1 …the IDENTITY of Jesus 2 …the MISSION of Jesus
  9. 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. 10. Matthew 1:18-19 being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly….
  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 21. “The Incarnation” in·car·na·tion the “en-flesh-ment” or the “embodiment”
  22. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 27. 1 God in Christ suffers with us. image: Nicolas Raymond
  28. 28. 2 God in Christ suffered for us. image: Christopher Brown
  29. 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. 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. 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. 32. Would you want to see the face of God if seeing meant that you would have to believe in Jesus…? ?
  33. 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. 34. “ There is no reality more breathtaking than Jesus Christ. ” ~ John Piper, “The Dangerous Duty of Delight”
  35. 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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