John 3:16 (KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
Intro: In a lot of churches throughout the country during the month of December they follow an Advent Schedule, this is a time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth. The name "Advent" comes from the Latin "adventus" which means "to come." During this season Christians remember the Old Testament promise that God would send a Messiah and the New Testament promises that Jesus will come again. During this time the Church focuses on the events which led up to Jesus' birth. These include Old Testament prophesies: Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
In the New Testament we see the angel Gabriel coming to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, John's miraculous birth to Elizabeth a woman beyond child bearing age, John leaping in Elizabeth's womb when Mary carrying Jesus walked into her presence. We also recall how John proclaimed the coming of the Messiah.
This Christmas take an aerial few of the events that make this story the most heard message at Christmas time every year. Life was born in that Cradle in the manager; a life was given on the Cross and this cup that we drink from for communion reminds us if by faith we believe in this life we can have eternal life!
Application: This Birth gives us life!
1. Christ came by way of the Cradle: “He gave his only begotten Son”
The gift of Christmas is Christ! “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.” The Messiah will be born as a human baby, The Messiah will be sent as a gift from heaven. “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
This Christmas Gift was Christ and in this package Life was born, eternal life! The package He gave had love written all over it, the wrapping was swaddling clothing and it was ready to receive if only you would believe. This isn’t a gift you can open and never use – YET many have. Many have opened and never used and wonder why their unhappy, incomplete…
The Christmas narrative that God wanted us to see can give the believer a true meaning of His gift of Love. It presents itself as more than just words on a page. More than just the example of others experiences during this period of history. There should be a Christmas narrative revealed in us that should be lived throughout the year and throughout our lives. If we truly understand Gods love we must live it! God’s gift brought transformed lives in the hands of those who really knew!
The cradle and the Christ child that was placed in this cradle must sooner or later hopefully sooner put you at a crossroad of your future. The road you choose will determine your destiny! I would like to tell you that if you choose the road that leads or guides you to heaven would be the smoothest and paved, but in reality it could be the roughest road for some in the journey of life. But at the end of this road the streets are paved in Gold, there is peace…
Matthew 4:16 (HCSB) “The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.” The cradle brought light to see the life you can have in Christ.
In the cradle we have experience His first coming.
2. Christ gave His life on the Cross: “whosoever believeth in him should not perish.”
Christ empties Himself: The gift Christ gave cost Him everything. Giving and receiving gifts can allow most of us to recall some great memories. Some of the gifts that you have received over the years have brought you much joy, some not. Most of us can remember the time we were a part of gift exchange and there was some very nice gifts exchanged but when it came our turn we were not the recipient of the same satisfaction. We have all had great memories of Christmas stuff! But let’s throw away all the torn up paper, lets remove all the ribbon and the question of what the worth might be and whether we gave or got. God’s gift was the gift of life! And that cost Him everything: “for God so gave His” …
My message is titled Life is born, but that is only part of it: life was born for us to get love. Life is born love is given. Romans 5:8 (KJV) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ’s death was a necessary part of God’s plan of salvation. He had to die as a substitute for sinners, because the wages of sin is death, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This life He gave gives us the true meaning of love!
Time of Prayer
Communion: Offering the Bread and Wine
In the cradle we have experience His first coming on the cross we experience redemption.
3. Christ reminds us through the Cup: “have everlasting life.”
In the New Testament the bible tells us Jesus will return! We must remember that. The Christmas story reminds us of the Favor God found in Mary, this favor God can find in us, when we like Mary believe and embrace the same power she embraced! The same faith, joy, love and peace.
Jesus tells us in the upper room that He has come to offer us life and to offer it MORE abundantly.
Life is born.
Light is offered: We live in a world of darkness, Christ Has come to offer light.
Love is given.
With the cup we are reminded of His second coming! He will come again as He speaks of that to His disciples in John 14
Conclusion: 2 Peter 1:3-15 (HCSB)
3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you. 12 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have.
John 3:14 (KJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. The story hasn’t changed it is about sin, and in Moses day the Israelite’s were being bitten by these snakes because of sin, and when Moses lifted up the serpent and the people by faith believe they would not die.
On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm almost crippled the city of Colchester, England; and a teenage boy was unable to get to the church he usually attended. So he made his way to a nearby Primitive Methodist chapel, where an ill-prepared layman was substituting for the absent preacher. His text was Isaiah 45:22—“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” For many months this young teenager had been miserable and under deep conviction; but though he had been reared in church (both his father and grandfather were preachers), he did not have the assurance of salvation.
The unprepared substitute minister did not have much to say, so he kept repeating the text. “A man need not go to college to learn to look,” he shouted. “Anyone can look—a child can look!” About that time, he saw the visitor sitting to one side, and he pointed at him and said, “Young man, you look very miserable. Young man, look to Jesus Christ!” The young man did look by faith, and that was how the great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon was converted.
The difference between perishing and living, and between condemnation and salvation, is faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus could well have come to this world as a Judge and destroyed every rebellious sinner; but in love, He came to this world as our Saviour, and He died for us on the cross! He became the “uplifted serpent.” The serpent in Moses’ day brought physical life to dying Jews; but Jesus Christ gives eternal life to anyone who trusts Him. He has salvation for a whole world!
Life is Born: through the cradle, there was a cost on the cross, the cup Christ lifted up gives us eternal life!
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