RANDAL L. ROSS
FIRST ASSEMBLY, WS, NC
December 5, 1997
SUNDAY AM SERVICE
REDISCOVERING CHRISTMAS I;
CHRISTMAS IN SMALL PACKAGES.
IT IS TIME THAT WE REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS
(Luke 1:46-53 NIV) THE MAGNIFICAT
(46) And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord (47) and my spirit rejoices in God my
Savior, (48) for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all
generations will call me blessed, (49) for the Mighty One has done great things for me -
holy is his name. (50) His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to
generation. (51) He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who
are proud in their inmost thoughts. (52) He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble. (53) He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent
the rich away empty.
INTRO; THE GREAT EXPECTATION OF CHRISTMAS
A. THE EXPECTATIONS WERE ENORMOUS THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS
1. Inspite of what many think CHRISTMAS WAS EXPECTED throughout the world.
NOT A SECRET!
2. History records that the prophets, sages and wise men of every known civilization
were predicting SOMETHING BIG! THE KING WAS COMING! THE GREAT KINGS
BIRTH WAS IMMINENT
ILL. THE PROPHETS OF ROME, ATHENS, EGYPT AND EVEN BABYLON (the
wisemen came from there) HAD BEEN RECEIVING SIMILAR MESSAGES FROM
(God in his grace was preparing the world)
1. HE THE GREAT KING WAS TO BE BORN AT ANY TIME. THE WORLD
NEEDED HIM AND THEY WERE EXCITED (Barclay)
2. The message was written on the walls of the towns. HE IS COMING.... PREPARE
TO MEET HIM.
ILL. THE BANNERS IN ISRAEL! MESSIAH IS COMING! BE READ AND WAITING
LOOK FOR HIM.
B. FACT IS THAT FROM THE KINGS HOUSE TO THE TEMPLE AND TO THE
GHETTOS THERE, THEY HEARD OF HIS COMING. CHRISTMAS WAS
ILL. THAT IS WHY HEROD BELIEVED THE WISE MEN SO READILY. THAT IS
WHY THE WIS ...
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