Christmas, God’s Love Letter to the World.
“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.” (John 3:16)
This week we will be looking at four things about the Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus.
God is love.
God tells us of the coming Messiah, where He will be born, when He would come, and why He would come.
God has a book.
Our response to what God has done.
God tells us of:
The coming Messiah
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
“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.7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Where the Messiah will be born
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
When the Messiah would come
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Why the Messiah would come
It was God’s love for His creation that caused Him to send Jesus to be the one-time sacrifice for our sin.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
God had a plan!
He laid out the Christmas story in the Old Testament and fulfilled His plan in the New Testament.
Some believed and some did not. Today is no different.
Believe, repent of your sins, and be saved.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001