Series: FROM GOD’S HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE
Sunday: “A King in a Manger”
Why has the birth of this one man so seized upon the minds and imaginations of men and women throughout history?
Answers to this question are found in the paradoxes of the Christmas story, the greatest of which is the paradox of the incarnation: IMMANUEL—GOD WITH US.
Three life lessons……
I. Don’t judge a BOOK by its COVER. What you see isn’t always what you get.
A. His own did not receive him…”He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:10-11)
B. We can and should receive him…”But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to be children of God.” (John 1:12)
II. Don’t judge the END of a thing by its BEGINNING.
A. The elders sing….”You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)
B. The angels sing…”Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12)
C. Every living creature sings…”To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:12)
III. Do judge the IMPORTANCE of an event by the evidence of its IMPACT in your life and the lives of others.
A. The shepherd’s witness…”And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning the child.” (Luke 2:17)
B. Mary’s song…”My soul magnifies the Lord…..” (Luke 1:46-55)
Conclusion: MY HEART CHRIST’S HOME by Robert Munger