An Invitation From God! by Dennis Marquardt

Rev. Dennis Marquardt
Matt. 2:1-12

INTRO: The story of God coming to Earth as a baby
reveals the great heart of God to invite us as humans
to know Him and experience His love. God became one
of us so that we can know Him and His life.

God sent His son Jesus into this world to save us.
Jesus is God's invitation for us to know freedom from
sin, a joy that is unspeakable, a peace that passes
understanding, and a life that is full. Christ
destroyed Satan's plans to hold the human race

ILLUS: On March 5, 1994, Deputy Sheriff Lloyd
Prescott was teaching a class for police officers in
the Salt Lake City Library. As he stepped into the
hallway he noticed a gunman herding 18 hostages into
the next room. With a flash of insight, Prescott
(dressed in street clothes) joined the group as the
nineteenth hostage, followed them into the room, and
shut the door. But when the gunman announced the order
in which hostages would be executed, Prescott
identified himself as a cop. In the scuffle that
followed, Prescott, in self-defense, fatally shot the
armed man. The hostages were released unharmed. God
dressed himself in street clothes and entered our
world, joining us who are held hostage to sin. On the
cross Jesus defeated Satan and set us free from the
power of sin. -- Greg Asimakoupoulos, Concord,
California. Leadership, Vol. 15, no. 3.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that the birth of
Christ was God's invitation for us to know Him and
experience His forgiveness and abundant life. All
those who come to worship Christ will find the
greatest joy!


A. Seekers 2:1-2
1. Matthew's Gospel was written to a Jewish
audience, hence all the references and quotes from the
Old Testament as fulfilled prophecy.
a. This makes the story of the Magi even more
amazing since they were Gentile astronomers!
b. Matthew writing to Jews wa ...

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