Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:1-20
1. God is with us!
a. With us in flesh to be like we are! Matthew 1:23
b. With us to save us from sins’ penalty. Matthew 1:21
c. With us to redeem us from sins’ power. Romans 8:23
d. With us to sustain us in sins’ lingering presence. Romans 8:26
e. With us to sanctify us into the image of Jesus. Romans 8:28-29
f. With us until we are with Him face to face! Romans 8:30
2. Do we notice?
a. Most people do not see God’s true presence!
i. Caesar Augustus did not notice! Luke 2:1
ii. Quirinius did not notice! Luke 2:2
iii. Nazareth did not notice! Luke 2:4
iv. Bethlehem did not notice! Luke 2:4
v. The innkeeper did not notice! Luke 2:7
b. Look to see that God is with you!
i. Zechariah heard from Gabriel but did not believe. Luke 1:13-18
ii. Elizabeth responded to the Holy Spirits prompting and blessed Mary! Luke 1:39-45
iii. Simeon obeyed the Holy Spirit and believed God’s sovereign promise! Luke 2:27-31
3. Anna continually worshipped God: Luke 2:36-38
a. In His temple,
b. fasting, praying, giving thanks,
c. looking forward to the redemption of Israel
4. Shepherds: Luke 2:8-20
a. Go and see this thing for ourselves
b. Find Jesus
c. Tell others what you found
d. Glorify and Praise God
Josh Pilgrim, Pastor