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.  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.  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.” 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)