That baby in the manger was the most glorious and perfect expression of God. He was God, and he was the most beloved person in the universe and before the universe.
The greatness of Jesus is not that the lowly Baby in the manger was exalted. It is not that he went form a place of lowness to highness. No, the greatness of Jesus is that he went from a place of highness to lowness!
“The palace, the forum, and the inn had no room for Christ. Have you room for him?
How heavy is your burden? The One who is the eternal Word of God, the One who was with God, the One who was and is God, the Almighty, can carry that burden for you if you will give it to Him.
He was full of grace in that He came to sinful people. He didn’t come just for the wise or the strong or the elite. He came for everyone – even those who thought their lives had been wrecked beyond repair.
Some of you may look at your life and think, “What a mess.” And you know what? It probably is! But I have good news for you. God has made promises.
There are many dark, tragic places in this world – stories we hear that frighten us, news reports of troubled places. Many ask, “Where is God in the midst of the suffering?” And the answer is, “he is right there.”
We should not be indifferent toward our gifts. Can you imagine giving a gift to someone, someone you love, and then they just set the gift aside and don’t care for it?
Do we have apostles and prophets today? The answer is “no” and “yes”. Listen to our message today and learn what I mean by this double answer
A natural ability is given to us at birth. It is built into our DNA. A spiritual gift comes to us at rebirth and is from the Spirit of God and the grace of the enthroned Lord Jesus Christ.
God brought Israel near to him through the giving of his word, through the sacrificial system, through the prophets, and through the promises of the coming Savior. But this nearness of Israel to God implied something. It implied that the other nations were far from God
God does not use us and squeeze the most out of us like a hard-hearted owner of slaves who tosses them aside after they are no longer useful. No, God is writing a beautiful poem through us that he wishes to read to the world so that the world will see his glory in us.
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.
If people would embrace Christ, imagine the peace that would come as people find reconciliation with one another and unite in the new body that Christ is now creating.
The failure to provide the full dimensions of the Gospel message led to one of the greatest acts of genocide in the world in our lifetime. I hope you will listen today and learn how we can prevent this from happening again.