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December 18, 2016 - The Wonders of the Christmas Story - Luke 2:1-15

posted Dec 20, 2016, 6:45 PM by Grant Garber
“The Lord works in strange ways His wonders to perform.”
  • God’s actions in history are often strange.
  • When God acts, the acts are wonderful.
  • No event in Scripture better illustrates the truth of that phrase than the Incarnation.
The wonders of the Christmas story -- -
  1. Little did Caesar Augustus realize that his census should be the means whereby prophecy was fulfilled.
    • The wonder of the Christmas story is that God actually came into recorded history, born of the Virgin Mary, in a stable outside the city of Bethlehem.
    • God works His purposes among people that are willing and those that are unwilling.
  2. Little did the shepherds realize that they would form the reception committee for the Christ Child.
    • Here we see the inclusiveness of the Gospel. It is good news not to a few but for all.
    • The angel’s words remind us that it is God that comes to men and women and not the opposite.
    • When He comes, those who receive Him find themselves the beneficiaries of privilege and wonder.
    • Our response to God, when He comes to us, must be one of obedience.
  3. Little did the world realize that the star that shone so brightly over Bethlehem was the star announcing the birth of the Christ Child.
    • So much of what goes on around us, much of which is very important, goes unnoticed by the majority of people.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 2:1-15