Who Needs Christmas?  Week 2 – Lee Cadden – December 3, 2017

The Christmas Story is the Gospel Story, and it begins with a Promise

Genesis 12:1–4 – Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. [2] And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. [3] I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[4] So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (ESV)

Faith: assurance in things hoped for; conviction of things unseen (defined in Hebrews 11:1)

God’s Promise Confirmed in the Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15:1-6)

  • the promised son (Isaac) a shadow of the Promised Son (Jesus)
  • the people of God remember and worship God and then forget and worship idols

Darkness for 400 years – silence – as God prepares His people for a new kind of light that would dawn.

Under the cover of night, dropped behind enemy lines, Jesus comes on a rescue mission at Christmastime.

God never forgets His promises

Because the Jews needed Christmas, we get Christ (blessed to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth”).

We in the darkest of hours, ask similar questions that the they were asking: Is I too late? Did I finally mess everything up? Has God forgotten me?  Could he really love me?

Romans 5:6 – For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (ESV)

There is no night too dark for Christmas.

The King – Born to Die to Rise that we might live.