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Testimony for the Christ Child (3 of 4)
Series: Christmas - God's Way
• Think about the word "testimony" for a while. In legal terms, testimony is a form of evidence obtained from a witness who makes a solemn statement or declaration of fact. It may be written or oral. Generally, an opinion or inference is not allowed because it has no basis of substantiation. If you are called as a witness, you gave offer testimony only about that which you know firsthand. However, what is called an "Expert Witness" is an exception. This witness is called to render an 'expert opinion' because of his qualification by virtue of His education, training, skill, and/or experience.
• In our text, I believe we discover an "expert witness" giving "expert testimony" about an 'expert person' who will change the course of history. The angel is an expert by creation, experience, skill, and assignment. Furthermore, this angel is bearing the testimony of Jehovah God about God's Son, Jesus, coming to earth.
• In this testimony is a message which holds the offer of hope, of peace, and of life. This testimony reminds us that God is in charge, watches over all that happens, and has a plan for you and me. He has placed full confidence for His plan in His Son and the angel testifies to this face. I offer 4 points:
1. His Protection - In our society, before a baby or child is given to couple, the adoption agency carefully checks out potential parents. I don't know the entire battery of checks which they go through, but I understand it to be extensive. I would guess that their finances are checked, their ability care for a child would be analyzed, and that their character would be scrutinized. That adoption agency wants to make sure that they have chosen the right parents for this child. Consider the extent a human agency goes through to place a child in the right hands and compare that to the scrutiny given by God to Mary and Joseph. God was p ...
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