Christmas 2019

December 22, 2019

      

What was God up to when Jesus was born
 

Text:  John 3
 

In the Beginning…

     Adam & Eve:

                Were created by God in the flesh (Gen. 2:23)

                Were filled with the Spirit (Gen. 2:7)

                And became sinners (Gen. 3:6)
 

              THE IMPACT OF SIN IS DEATH,

        BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY

 

At the Incarnation…

     The WORD was God and became flesh for our sake.  (John 1:14)

     Jesus restored the model of spiritual and physical unity   

             as God had originally intended

 

To the individual…

     Jesus explained the life God intended:

                You must be born of the water (flesh-physical)

              and the Spirit (image of God restored – spiritual)
 

            YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!  (John  3:3)

              The image must be restored,

                You must become like Me!

 

At the cross…   

                             Jesus made

                RECONCILIATION POSSIBLE

               by satisfying God’s requirement

                       for justice against sin

                       (Colossians 1:21-22)

 

The Amazing Reality…

      EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT BEGINS A NEW LIFE
           THAT LASTS FOREVER (John 3:16b)

     EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT BELIEVES THAT THE                                DEATH OF JESUS WAS NECESSARY FOR OUR SIN TO                                        BE FORGIVEN (John 3:16b)

     EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SAVED BY JESUS
           FROM THE WRATH OF GOD AGAINST SIN (1 John 2:2)

 

SO…what was happening when Jesus was born?

      God was loving humanity

      God was making a way for our sin to be forgiven

      God was providing a way for us to have the life that
          He intended from the start

      God was working out His plan for our salvation and

          His great glory

 

                  For God so loved the world, that He gave
         His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
           shall not perish, but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

 

                                When Jesus was born…
 

                                 EVERYTHING changed

 

                                           Have you?

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