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For Christmas     Luke 1:26-38,46-48, 54-55     Dec. 21, 2008



       What do you incorporate in your Christmas Celebrations that really exalts Christ? In this text we can adapt some of the events and make sure we really elevate Christ more than personal presents For Christmas.


1.   For Christmas . . Discover The Message Of Christmas.      1:26-33

       A.   Discover The . . Piercing Message of Christmas. 1:26-29

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a

       virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the

       angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was deeply

       troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.


       B.   Discover The . . Privileged Message Of Christmas. 1:30-33

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. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

              The message of Christ’s birth pierced the mind and heart of Mary. This message needs to pierce our lives also. This year what might the Lord announce to us for the message of Christ to be born anew in our lives, and for the first time in the lives of others? Do we see the privilege for us in the Christmas message?  It is a privilege for us to know Christ and to share Him with others. Mary understood the privilege God was placing upon her even though she needed to understand more of the details.


2.   For Christmas . . Discuss The Message Of Christmas.  1:34-37

       A.   Discuss The . . Process Of The Message of Christmas. 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.   Discuss The . . Possibility Of The Message of Christmas. 1:36-37

36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the

       sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God."

       Mary’s desire to discuss the process and possibilities of this birth caused her to inquire “how” this could happen. I find it interesting she asked, “how?” and not “why?” I see in this question a submissiveness unto the Lord. Of course He knew how to choose the lady for this mission. He also knows why He chooses us for the missions He has for us. We need to follow Mary’s example of obedience. To give Mary somewhat of a demonstration of the possibilities of what God would do the angel told of what God did with her relative, Elizabeth, who had been called barren. The angel also reminded Mary of the truth, “nothing will be impossible with God.” Do you know some plants are called self pollinating? That means they are designed to have a sort of virgin birth. Christianity does not need to fear education or what the sciences may discover.


3.   For Christmas . . Do The Message Of Christmas.  1:38

       A.   Do The . . Attitude Of The Message of Christmas. 1:38a

38 "I am the Lord's slave," said Mary.


       B.   Do The . . Acceptance Of The Message of Christmas. 1:38b

              "May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.

       How do you “do” Christmas? Mary did it with an attitude of acceptance to what God wanted to do with her. She believed and submitted! What could we do differently this year or in addition to what we normally do that would magnify Christ?


4.   For Christmas . . Delight In The Message Of Christmas.   1:46-48, 54-55

       A.   Delight In The . . Proclamation Of The Message of Christmas. 1:46-48

46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God

       my Savior, 48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on

       all generations will call me blessed,


       B.   Delight In The . . Prophecies Of The Message of Christmas. 1:54-55

54 He has helped His servant Israel, mindful of His mercy, 55 just as He spoke to our ancestors, to

       Abraham and his descendants forever.

       Mary made a proclamation of Christ and what her giving birth to the Christ Child would mean to this world and to her personally. Note she proclaimed Him as her Savior. She is not a co-redeemer she needs redemption just like you and me. That does not diminish the life of Mary but puts it in a biblical context. Mary also delighted in the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies; these went back to Abraham, and beyond. These fulfilled announcements firm up the presentation we make about Christ. He did what He Said He would do in the past and He continues to honor His prophecies. He will come again for those who believe in Him for their eternal life and honor Him For Christmas. Amen? Amen!