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THE RELEVANCE OF CHRISTMAS: ____________________________
“…they will call him Immanuel”-which means, “God with us.” Mt 1:23b
Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all, and, in fact, Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth… Colossians 1:15-16 (The Living Bible)
THE REALITY OF CHRISTMAS: _______________________________
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son…” Matthew 1:23
JESUS’ BIRTH SITUATION WAS AT FIRST COVERED WITH _____________
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:19 (ESV)
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord… Genesis 3:7-8
WHAT ARE YOU ASHAMED OF?
Satan’s Shameful Cycle
- You experience something deeply _________________.
- You connect what happened with __________ you are.
- You become a ___________________ tormented by your past.
JUDAS: See Matthew 27:3-5
PETER: See Matthew 26:75
- You can’t change the ________________.
“While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?'” 2 Sa 12:22-23
- Jesus can change your _____________________.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
“Yet if you devote your heart to (God) and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by… Job 11:13-16