by Jeff Schreve

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God Is with Us (3 of 3)
Series: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Jeff Schreve
Matthew 1:18-25

A little boy was getting ready for Christmas. And he was starting early, kind of like the department stores. And he had this particular item that he really, really wanted. It was on top of his Christmas list. It was a watch. It was a special watch. It was fairly expensive. And he wanted this watch. And so at every opportunity he reminded his mom and dad about this watch. And every time they turned around he was talking about the watch. And he was leaving ads on the breakfast table about this particular watch. And everything was the watch, the watch, the watch. And, finally, his mom and dad couldn't take it anymore, and they just said, ''Enough! We don't want to hear any more about the watch.'' So he said, ''Okay.'' Next night at dinner, he told his parents, he said, ''I'm memorizing Scripture.'' They said, ''Great!'' He said, ''I'm memorizing Mark chapter 13 and verse 37.'' His dad said, ''Great, what does that say?'' He said, ''Well, it's a quote from Jesus. He said, And what I say to you, I say to all, watch!''

We've been in a series for the last few weeks for Christmas time called ''Do You Hear What I Hear?'' And we've been talking about the great announcements that surround the coming of the Messiah, the birth of Jesus. And we've talked about the angel's announcement that a Savior has come, and that is such a great announcement. We talked last week about the announcement that the King is born. And this week we want to talk about Emmanuel, God with us. That was an announcement from Isaiah the prophet given in 734 B.C. Wow! It came to its fullest fulfillment in 4 B.C. when Jesus was born.

Now I think that when it comes to wonderful announcements, we've heard all these before. We've heard the story in Luke chapter 2. We know what the angel said to the shepherds, ''For unto you this day in the city of David there has been born a Savior who is Christ the Lord.'' You'r ...

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