by Pastor Mike Fortune
December 24, 2016
- Jesus is the gift (Matthew 1:18-23; Isaiah 7:14)
- We are the reason for the season (Luke 2:10-11 NASB)
- Love is the boss (Isaiah 9:6 NASB; 2 Corinthians 9:15)
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord's message through his prophet: 23 "Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.'"
Isaiah 7:14 (Scripture Reading)
14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us').
Luke 2:10-11 (NASB)
10 Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us.
2 Corinthians 9:15
15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!