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The Miracle of the Manger (1 of 4)
Series: Unto Us a Child Is Born
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Isaiah chapter 7 if you will. As we move into the Christmas season, I want to begin a four part series of messages on the birth and life of Jesus that I want to entitle, ''Unto Us A Child Is Born.''
Last week, I took advantage of an opportunity, as some of you did, to go hear our very own Steve Evans sing in Simpsonville's presentation of Handel's Messiah. And as I sat there and listened, I was struck at the powerful, scriptural presentation of the coming of the Lord that George Frideric Handel wrote in only twenty-four days, from August 22 until September 14, in 1741.
As I was preparing for this morning's message, knowing that I was going to begin this series with this title, I couldn't help but remember the words of scripture from Isaiah chapter 9 that Handel placed to music, ''Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.''
What I want to do in this series of messages is look at the birth, life, death and return of Jesus. I want us to journey from the manger in Bethlehem, through His upbringing in Nazareth, His ministry in Palestine, to His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. And then I want us to gather here on the Sunday morning after Christmas to look forward to His soon return. I want us to go from the cradle to the cross to the crown in this series entitled, ''Unto Us A Child Is Born.''
ILLUS: In the rush of last-minute Christmas shopping, a woman bought a box of fifty identical greeting cards. Without bothers to read the verse, she hurriedly signed and addressed all but one of them. Several days after they had been mailed, she came across the one card that hadn't been sent, and she looked at the message she had sent. She was horrified to read: ''This card is just to say . . . .A little gift is on the way.''
ILLUS: Walter Lauster, a Church of ...
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