December 2nd 2018
Keep Christ in Christmas:
- As you approach Christmas what are your plans for devotion and discipleship?
- Do you have any spiritual formation practices that will help you focus on the Messiah and your relationship with Him?
- Does your family plan to have some Advent devotions together?
- Read the Christmas Story to your children and grandchildren.
Narratives - Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20.
John’s Christmas Story of the “Incarnation” – John 1:1-14.
Sermon today December 2, 2018
“HE COMES WHERE YOU ARE”
Matthew 2:10-18 --- 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”
What a drastic extreme in these short nine verses. One group is worshiping a baby while another group is killing babies. In the middle of all this, prophecies are being fulfilled!
Baby Jesus becomes a refugee. This is the world we live in. This is the world God came to save. As we share in Communion be reminded - He still comes where you are.
“God With Us”