Christmas Worship Responsive Reading
Taken from Matthew 1:18, 22-23; John 1:1-2, 14; Philippians 2:8-11; Hebrews 1:3
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit.
Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”
Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary.
While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus Came For Us
Jesus was born make us God’s Children
-He was born physically so we could be born spiritually!
“But to those who did receive him..”
-to receive = to believe in his name
-to believe in this person
-to accept his teachings, his revelation of God
-We must accept the entire truth about Jesus
-He is God the Son (The Word who became flesh)
-He came to die for our sins and rose again
-He is the only way to the Father
“He gave the right to become children of God”
-right = the authority to become
-children = teknon
“ Born…of the will of God”
-not of natural descent- we aren’t naturally God’s children
-ancient world believed the mixing of father and mother’s blood
lead to procreation of children
-no person is procreated as God’s child by being born physically
into this world
-God causes us to be born again spiritually- John 3:16
We must receive Jesus to become born again spiritually as children of God!
Jesus came for you! Have you received Him personally?
-Stop trusting in Christian parents, good works, or simple fate
-Receive Jesus right now! Trust Him, Obey Him, Follow Him
-Become a child of God!
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