The Christ of Christmas - Part 1 (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-19, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 2:51-52)Bob Schultz, December 7, 2014
Part of the Advent series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This week we will begin a multi-week study directly related to the “Christ of Christmas.” We will take a break from the gospel of Mark and concentrate fully on our Christology as we enter into a time of year where it is easy to become distracted concerning Christ. For many this will be a comprehensive review of doctrines already learned, but for others this will be an important doctrinal foundation for all other theological learning.
The challenge will be for those of us who have spent time rightly defining Christ; will we again bow down before Him in awe and wonder like the wise men and shepherds in Bethlehem? Pray that God would use this study to bear fruit for Jesus glory.
Exodus 3:14 (Listen)
14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
John 8:58 (Listen)
58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Isaiah 7:14 (Listen)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:18–25 (Listen)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 (Listen)
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Colossians 1:15–19 (Listen)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
Philippians 2:5–11 (Listen)
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Luke 2:51–52 (Listen)
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
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