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“Christmas: A Very Special Time of the Year”

December 15, 2013 Series: Special Worship Services

Topic: Special Service

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“Christmas: A Very Special Time of the Year”

What makes Christmas so special for you? Christmas is a celebration of what God has done through Christ - the Christ of Christmas.

The special preparations God made before His Son came into the world
The promise of a Savior

  • The fall was the first indication that salvation was on the way. Paradise lost was lost, but God promised salvation through His Son Jesus Christ in Gen 3:15. And until Jesus came, God provided the system of animal sacrifice to cover man's sin so that man could still fellowship with Him. This was a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrice that Christ had to be make.

Detailed prophecies from hundreds of years ago

  • Isaiah 7:14 is a prophecy of who this savior will be, which was later fulfilled in Matt 1:23. Where Jesus would be born was also prophesied in Micah 5:2, which was also fulfilled in Matt 2:6.

God was preparing the way for Jesus Christ

Through His perfect plan and timing (Gal 4:4) from:

  • Man's perspective: There was anticipation among the Jews and Rome brought relative unity and peace. Greek was the common trade language, and proved to be the vehicle for the gospel subsequently. Idol worship declined because of Roman success.
  • God's perspective: Jewish law laid a foundation for His coming. Jewish law pointed to Jesus as the Messiah (Rom 3:19-20, Gal 3:24**)

The special way God brought His Son into the world
The virgin birth

  • Jesus' virgin birth made Him the perfect sacrifice for sin - if Jesus had a human father he would be sinful: the sin nature would have been in Him (Rom 5:12, 17 & 19). It is precisely because Christ was sinless that He could be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all humanity (Heb 10:10, 1 Jn 2:2).

Being human - to redeem another human

  • Why did Jesus have to be born? Because it gave Him a human nature - a human body and the infirmities of a human body. It is important as seen in Gal 4:4-5 - Jesus was our subsititute on the cross - human for human (1 Pet 3:18). He was a descendant of Adam so that he could be our kinsman redeemer - just as in Ruth 2:20. Jesus qualified and stepped forward to take our place and save us.
  • Being human, he would suffer, bleed, and die for our sins (Is 53:5, Rom 5:8-9).

The special reasons why God brought His Son into the world

To reveal Himself to us

  • We see Him through Christ (John 10:30, 14:9), so that Christ may be an example to us.

To save us from our sins

  • By dying on the cross for our sins, and rising from the grave to give us new life, that we may have a relationship with God. (1 Tim 1:15, Col 1:13-14, John 3:36,17:3)

Response
What God has started and done is something no one else can possibly do. Christmas is special only because Christ is special - What can we do in response?

  • Pray: Acknowledge the birth of Christ, and pray to God to help us to see past the gifts and see the gift that is Jesus Christ.
  • Proclaim: Share with those who are unloved and powerless, because they cannot get past their sin and guilt.

Christmas is a time to reflect, refocus and rejoice - how special is Christ to you?

 

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