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The Hope (2 of 3)
Series: Good Times
Dr. Fred Lowery
Luke 1:26; Luke 2:14; Luke 1:27-28; Eph. 1:6; Luke 1:29; Luke 1:30-31; Luke 1:32-33 Luke 1:34; Luke 1:35; John 3:6; Luke 1:36; Luke 1:37; Genesis 18:14; Luke 1:38; Luke 1:45; 1 Peter 1:3;
1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Revelation 20:6; Titus 3:7; Colossians 1:27
December 18, 2011
Emmanuel - God with us. That's what Christmas is. Christmas is the coming of Christ into our world and into our lives. It's the greatest story ever told - story of heavenly visitation and divine intervention. Majesty came to a manger. On that glorious day over 2,000 years ago literally heaven came down to earth. God blessed you and me with His presence. He tore the curtains. He pulled down the walls - the walls separating holy God and sinful man. He came to us because we couldn't come to Him. He blessed us with His presence because He knew that we - the hopeless and the helpless - He knew what we could become. Jesus, the infant learned to walk so that we could learn to walk with God. In all of the religions it's about man seeking God - looking for God, hoping for God but in Christianity its God seeking us; God taking the initiative; God coming to us when we couldn't come to Him. You know the amazing thing in the Bible, when you get to the O.T. and you come to the end of the O.T. with the book of Malachi - I know you've spent some time in Malachi this week - but then between Malachi and Matthew we have 400 years of silence - no prophet - no prophesies. Heaven is silent for 400 years and we don't hear anything until we get in Matthew and Gabriel comes on the scene and Gabriel announces the birth of John the Baptist and then he announces the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Gabriel - whose name means "man of God" or "hero". Gabriel had a ministry of announcing God's plans. Wouldn't that be a great ministry? Announcing God's plans. There's just two angels in the Bible with names - Gabriel and Michael - the archangel who was the guardian of ...
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