DECEMBER 2, 2007
“THE PROVISIONS OF CHRISTMAS”
SCRIPTURE READING: Mathew 16:13-19
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 16:15 (NIV)
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I
As we enter this Christmas
season it behooves us to stop and consider what
Christmas is really all about.
Is Christmas just a time for giving and receiving
gifts, spending time with family and enjoying
Is it just a time to reach out and help those who
may be less fortunate than we?
Too often even we Christians lose sight of what
Christmas represents and the many ways the true
meaning of Christmas touches our lives.
I Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of
angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I
have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have
not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all
my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body
to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me
In order for us to
celebrate the true meaning of Christmas we must
first answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”
It is not important to us
what others think of Jesus, what is important is who
we say He is.
Matthew 16:15 (NIV) "But what about you?"
he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
This is the most important
question we will ever answer.
Where we will spend eternity depends upon our
When we recognize that Jesus is the Son of God, all
of heavens resources and blessings are open to us.
I. THE PROVISIONS OF CHRISTMAS.
Psalm 31:19 (NLT) Your goodness is so
great! You have stored up great blessings for those
who honor you. You have done so much for those
who come to you for protection, blessing them before
the watching world.
One of the traditions of
Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts.
God gave the greatest gift possible; we can receive
the greatest gift imaginable.
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.
This gift has been given to the whole world but only
a few have opened the gift.
THE SIZE OF THE BOX DOES NOT DETERMINE THE VALUE OF
Luke 2:7a (KJV) And she brought forth
her firstborn son,
Christmas gift of
Bar-B-Queue Potato chips.
God sent His Gift in a very
small package, but His Gift had tremendous value.
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, Counselor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
THE WRAPPING OF THE BOX DOES NOT DETERMINE THE
VALUE OF THE GIFT.
Luke 2:7b (KJV) and wrapped him in
Isaiah 53:1-3 (NLT)
Who has believed our
message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving
power? My servant grew up in the Lord's
presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a
root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing
beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing
to attract us to him. He was despised and
rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest
grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the
other way when he went by. He was despised, and we
did not care.
The world has wrapped their
gifts in bright fancy wrappings while the wrappings
of God’s gifts seem dull and unattractive.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) But the Lord said to
Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't make
decisions the way you do! People judge by outward
appearance, but the Lord looks at a person's
thoughts and intentions."
The portrait of the son.
WHERE WE FIND THE GIFT DOES NOT DETERMINE THE VALUE
OF THE GIFT.
Luke 2:7c (KJV) and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the
Too often people are more
concerned where the gift was purchased than the gift
Mark 6:1-6 (NLT)
Jesus left that part of the
country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth,
his hometown. The next Sabbath he began
teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him
were astonished. They asked, "Where did he get all
his wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?
He's just the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother
of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters
live right here among us." They were deeply offended
and refused to believe in him.
Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored
everywhere except in his own hometown and among his
relatives and his own family." And because of
their unbelief, he couldn't do any mighty miracles
among them except to place his hands on a few sick
people and heal them. And he was amazed at
their unbelief. Then
Jesus went out from village to village, teaching.
John 1:46 (NLT)
Nathanael. "Can anything good come from there?"
"Just come and see for yourself," Philip said.
John 7:52 (NLT)
They replied, "Are you from
Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for
yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!"
ILL: Things of great value have been found in second
hand stores and yard sales.
A valuable collection of jewelry was purchased at a
Salvation Army Thrift store in Vancouver B.C.
CONCLUSION: Do not lose out on the
provisions of God because of its size, wrapping or
DECEMBER 9, 2007
“THE NEED A REDEEMER”
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 1:18-25
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 1:21 (KJV)
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from
The world is in need of a
Why is the world in need of a Redeemer?
The sinfulness of man has continually increased from
the time of the Fall unto this present day.
The flood failed to cleanse the world from sin, and
man is unable to fulfill the Law and keep from
Through these two things, God has revealing to man
the inability of anything or anyone to remove sin.
There is no agent that can clean the heart and life
1 Peter 1:18 (KJV)
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by tradition from your
No man can either cleanse himself or anyone else
Psalm 49:7 (KJV) None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give to God a ransom for him:
Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have
made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
I. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REDEEM SOMETHING OR
It means to buy back, to
get or win back, and to free from distress or harm,
to free from captivity by payment of ransom, to
release from blame or debt, to free from the
consequences of sin.
Leviticus 25:25-27 (NLT) If any of your
Israelite relatives go bankrupt and are forced to
sell some inherited land, then a close relative, a
kinsman redeemer, may buy it back for them. If
there is no one to redeem the land but the person
who sold it manages to get enough money to buy it
back, then that person has the right to redeem it
from the one who bought it. The price of the land
will be based on the number of years until the next
Year of Jubilee. After buying it back, the original
owner may then return to the land.
GOD CREATED MAN
Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul.
MAN SINNED AND FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WAS BROKEN.
Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)
But there is a problem—your sins have cut you off
from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away
and will not listen anymore.
ALL MANKIND IS IN NEED OF REDEMPTION.
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
II. GOD SENT HIS SON, JESUS, TO REDEEM FALLEN MAN.
Galatians 4:4-5 (KJV)
But when the fulness of the
time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were
under the law, that we might receive the adoption of
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW.
Galatians 3:13 (KJV) Christ hath redeemed us
from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
hangeth on a tree:
The curse of the Law was
1. Death waited for
all who failed to keep the Law.
2. No one is able to
keep the Law.
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM ETERNAL DEATH.
Hosea 13:14 (KJV) I will ransom them from
the power of the grave; I will redeem them from
death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I
will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid
from mine eyes.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV)
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is
thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law. ] But thanks be to
God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (KJV)
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the firstfruits of them that slept. For since
by man came death, by man came also the resurrection
of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE POWER OF SIN.
Psalm 130:8 (KJV) And he shall
redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Titus 2:14 (KJV) Who gave himself for
us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of
NOTE: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God;
“Did we in our own strength confined, Our striving
would be losing.”
We do not, in ourselves, have the power to resist
the power of Satan and sin.
James 4:7-8 (KJV) Submit yourselves
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw
nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
purify your hearts, ye double minded.
REDEMPTION COMES ONLY FROM GOD.
Psalm 49:7 (KJV) None of them can by any
means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom
1 Peter 1:18 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know
that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers;
Hebrews 2:17 (KJV)
Wherefore in all things it
behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that
he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for
the sins of the people.
III. WHAT HAS REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED FOR US?
Our redemption through
Christ has given us many things.
THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) In whom we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Colossians 1:14 (KJV)
In whom we have redemption
through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
WE HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED.
Romans 3:24 (KJV) Being justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that is in Christ
NOTE: Justification (just as if we have
WE ARE ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
Galatians 4:4-5 (KJV) But when the fulness of
the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were
under the law, that we might receive the adoption of
This is what Christmas is
all about; the redemption of fallen man.
This gives us reason to
Isaiah 44:22-23 (KJV)
I have blotted out, as a
thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud,
thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it:
shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into
singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree
therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and
glorified himself in Israel.
Isaiah 51:11 (KJV)
Therefore the redeemed of
the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto
Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:
they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and
mourning shall flee away.
DECEMBER 23, 2007
“THE MESSAGE OF THE
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 2:1-20
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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.
The true meaning of
Christmas has been lost to most people.
People are so busy celebrating that they don’t take
the time to try and understand what they are
They think that Christmas is all about them, and it
is but not the way they think.
Even many who call themselves Christians fail to
understand the true meaning of Christmas.
The meaning of Christmas can be found in the
“Message of the Manger”, the redemption of fallen
The manger without the cross is just a nice story.
I. THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST’S BIRTH IS A MESSAGE OF
NOTE: God’s love for us began long before we came into
He planned our redemption
before we were created.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Rev. 13:8 (KJV)
And all that dwell upon the
earth shall worship him, whose names are not written
in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world.
In the beginning God…
God wanted man to love Him by choice not by
God had to allow man to make a choice between Him
God allowed Satan to remain so man was faced with
the choice between God and sin.
When man took of the forbidden tree it was a choice
to lean evil.
Man had made a choice and now the mission of the
cross came into being.
The mission of the Cross in hidden in the message of
Man became more sinful, God sent the flood.
Man again became more sinful and God sent the Law.
But these could not provide redemption for fallen
So God came down in the form of a baby, born in a
stable and laid in a manger.
Philippians 2:5-7 (KJV) Let this mind be in
you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in
the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: but made himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men:
Hebrews 2:14-17 (NLT) Because God's children
are human beings—made of flesh and blood—Jesus also
became flesh and blood by being born in human form.
For only as a human being could he die, and only by
dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had
the power of death. Only in this way could he
deliver those who have lived all their lives as
slaves to the fear of dying.
We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants
of Abraham, not to help the angels. Therefore,
it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect
like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could
be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.
He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away
the sins of the people.
II. CHRIST’S BIRTH IN THE STABLE IS THE MESSAGE OF
GOD’S ACCEPTANCE OF ALL WHO WOULD COME.
A stable is a filthy and
This shows to me that
anyone regardless of the sin in their lives can come
to God and be accepted as His child.
Unlike the world who is often particular who they
serve, God will serve any and all who would come for
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
The Lord isn't really being
slow about his promise to return, as some people
think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He
does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more
time for everyone to repent.
Romans 2:11 (KJV)
For there is no respect of
persons with God.
Acts 2:21 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass,
that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
1 Tim. 2:4 (KJV)
Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
III. GOD USES THOSE WHO SEEM MOST UNLIKELY TO
FULFILL HIS WILL.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT)
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you
were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or
wealthy when God called you. Instead, God
deliberately chose things the world considers
foolish in order to shame those who think they are
wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame
those who are powerful. God chose things
despised by the world, things counted as nothing at
all, and used them to bring to nothing what the
world considers important, so that no one can ever
boast in the presence of God.
Consider those whom God
used in bringing Jesus into the world.
A. MARY WAS A YOUNG VIRGIN.
B. JOSEPH WAS A POOR CARPENTER.
C. SHEPHERDS CAME TO VIEW AND WITNESS HIS BIRTH.
D. SIMEON & ANNA WERE USED TO CONFIRM JESUS’
E. FOREIGN MEN CAME TO RECOGNIZE JESUS AS KING.
Luke 1:37 (KJV)
For with God nothing shall
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
For I can do everything
with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I
Let us not forget the
message of the manger, The Redemption of Fallen Man.
GOD LOVED US SO MUCH HE CAME TO EARTH TO SAVE US.
GOD ACCEPTS ALL WHO WILL COME TO HIM.
GOD WILL USE THE UNLIKELY TO FULFILL HIS WILL.
DECEMBER 30, 2007
“REFLECTIONS & VISIONS”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 51:1-6
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you," says the
Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.
There are two things that we should do as we come
to the end of the year:
Reflect on what God has
done for us during the past year.
Have a vision on what we
want God to do for us in the year to come.
I. REFLECTIONS OF THE
Isaiah 51:1 (KJV)
Hearken to me, ye that
follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the
hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Reflecting on the past should give us hope and
desire for the future.
Things we can remember:
Blessings we have received
Victories God has given to
Needs God have met.
Spiritual growth we have
Trial we have faced.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
We need to remember every good gift come from God.
James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect
gift is from above, coming down from the Father of
the heavenly lights, who does not change like
II. VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE.
The first step in seeking
our visions for the future is to ask God what He
wants to do for and though us.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans
I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for
good and not for disaster, to give you a future and
NOTE: If God has great plans for us, should
we not seek to know what those plans are?
What are your spiritual desires for the coming year?
What do you want God to do for and through you?
Philippians 2:5 (GW) Have the same attitude
that Christ Jesus had.
NOTE: Jesus’ attitude was to fulfill His
John 6:38 (KJV)
For I came down from
heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him
that sent me.
God has a purpose for each of us to fulfill in our
own personal lives and in the life of our church.
Philippians 3:14 (GW) I run straight
toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly
call offers in Christ Jesus.
Prayerfully consider what God has done for you this
past year and what are your goals for 2008.