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Series: When Heaven Came Down to Earth
We are in the Christmas season and in a Christmas sermon series we have called ''When Heaven Came Down to Earth.'' In every other religion outside of Christianity, men and women are trying to earn their way to heaven, but the True God - the God of the Bible - is a God who loves humankind so much that He took on human flesh (God became a man). He was manifest in the flesh and dwelt among us. Why? Because as the angel proclaimed to the shepherds, ''Unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord!'' He came to save, deliver, and rescue us from the penalty of sin and by putting our faith in Him, we are saved!
700 years before Jesus came to the earth, it was prophesied:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Fast forward 700 years to the fulfillment of the prophecy:
Luke 1: 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, ''Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!'' 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, ''Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'' 34 Then Mary said to the angel, ''How can this be, since I do not know a man?'' 35 And the angel answered and said to her, ''The Holy Sp ...
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