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Introduction to Christmas series

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  1. 1. “Big Picture, small scene” SERIES: ‘ADVENT’ [PART 1/8]
  2. 2. Rescues... Who (or what) has been ‘rescued’?
  3. 3. The Christmas Story… Advent  ... is part of an unfolding rescue plan  ... ‘Big Picture’ ... the Bible reveals a four act ‘drama’  ... aspects of this plan are laid out as Prophecy  ... the genealogies set the tone  ... Jesus came on a clear mission
  4. 4. Matthew 2:19-20 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
  5. 5. Matthew 2:21-23 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
  6. 6. The Four Act ‘Drama’ of Scripture …  Creation - Genesis 1 & 2  Fall - Genesis 3  Redemption - ‘Rescue’ Genesis 3 to Gospels  Restoration - Gospels to Revelation (and ‘Glory’)
  7. 7. God’s Rescue Plan … Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Gen 22:18 and through your seed [Abraham] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me. Mat 1: 22-23 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us).
  8. 8. Genealogies …  They’re all about men.  You can see fulfilment of prophecy  The show an unfolding rescue plan
  9. 9. Genealogy in Matthew... 1:3 Jesus Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, 1:5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 1:6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife ...
  10. 10. Jesus’ Mission ... Luke 19:9-10 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.