Celebrate Jesus at Christmas Luke 1:30-35, 38, 46-49; 2:4-7 Dec.22-2013
In my opinion we cannot celebrate JESUS to much! The world keeps encroaching on the days of Christmas celebration. We need to do all we can to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas.
1. Celebrate By . . Declaring the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Luke 1:30-33
A. The Angel Declared the . . Fact of the Virgin Birth. 1:30-32
30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne
of His father David.
B. The Angel Declared the . . Forever of the Virgin Birth. 1:30-32
33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
I think most everyone could understand the fright of Mary when an angel appears and makes this announcement. Certainly most women could. The angel gave simple and brief details concerning the facts of what would happen. This was a moment in history that affected eternity and the kingdom that will never end.
Have you made the commitment of your life to Christ so that you will have a part of this eternal kingdom?
It is sad that our world does not give the proper praise and adoration to Jesus at all times but especially at Christmas.
2. Celebrate Through the . . Documentation of How Jesus Came. Luke 1:34-35, 38
A. The Angel Documented the . . Details of the Virgin Birth. 1:34-35
34 Mary asked the angel, "How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?"
35 The angel replied to her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
B. The Choice of Mary Was Documented by Her . . Dedication to The Lord. 1:38
38 "I am the Lord's slave," said Mary. "May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel
When Mary realized what the angel was projecting she asked the question, “how can this be?” She did not try to reject the announcement but wanted to know, “how,” since she was a virgin. The angel gave her more details and shared that the Holy Spirit would supply the needed seed and the power of God would complete the details and the Holy Child would be born without the normal use of a human man and the child would be called, “the Son of God.” Had you ever noticed the Triune God is involved in the birth of the favored child? Mary yielded to the details and said, “I am the Lord’s slave, may it be done to me according to your word.” What a dedicated woman. The angel could leave in peace as his assignment was complete.
3. Celebrate By . . Demonstrating God’s Greatness. Luke 1:46-49
A. Mary Demonstrated The Greatness of the Lord As She . . Rejoiced In His Declaration. 1:46-47
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
B. Mary Demonstrated The Greatness of the Lord As She . . Recognized His Blessings. 1:48-49
48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all
generations will call me blessed,
49 because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy.
Mary obviously was a dedicated young lady. We do not know much about her mother and father but she received excellent training somewhere. She considered herself blessed to be chosen by God for this assignment. Do you note she calls the baby not yet born her Savior?
Baptists do not worship Mary but we must admit she was an outstanding young lady. Of course since God chose her He knew about her past, present, and future. She did not protest being used this way by God, but exalted in God’s choice and magnified Him.
4. Celebrate By . . Deciding To Welcome Jesus Into Your Life. Luke 2:4-7
A. Joseph Was Obedient to The Law and . . Obediently Went To Bethlehem. 2:4-7
4 And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is
called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David,
5 to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant.
B. Joseph Was Obedient to The Law and . . Went To Bethlehem. 2:4-7
6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a
feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the inn.
Joseph also proved himself to be a very good choice to be the earthly father of Jesus. He had to be dedicated to make the decision to put Mary away privately. Of course that kept both of them from the gossip mongers. But then an angel talked to Joseph and he believed the information about Mary’s pregnancy and immediately began to make the plans necessary to help in the birth of this holy Child. Knowing all of these facts and studying them helps us to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas. Amen? Amen!