My fourth and last sermon for the Christmas Grace series – The Reason for Christmas is The Revelation of Jesus! Below is the study outline starting with a prophecy.
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5
What would you expect God to do after reading this verse?
The revelation of Jesus (as Messiah) Matthew 1:18-25
Discuss Joseph’s reactions in the following verses;
1. Joseph’s distress (Matthew 1:18) He is heartbroken, assuming his fiancé has been unfaithful.
2. Joseph’s decision (Matthew 1:19) Not wanting to disgrace Mary, he determines to break their engagement secretly.
3. Joseph’s dream (Matthew 1:20-25) He receives a message in a dream concerning:
- The purity of Mary (1:20) Joseph is reassured that Mary’s pregnancy is caused by the Holy Spirit.
- The person within Mary (1:21) The Angel of the Lord tells him that mary will bare a son and that he shall be named Jesus.
- The prophecy about Mary (1:22-23) This son; conceived without the aid of a human father, is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel
4. Joseph’s discernment (1:24-25) Joseph takes Mary to be his wife.
How should we show discernment for what God has revealed?
I want you to know, brothers and sisters that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12
What do you think God expects us to do after reading these verses?
We are to receive this “revelation” and share the reasons for Christmas with the world around us.
What are some ways you can share the reasons for Christmas this week?