Really big turning point today – The birth of Jesus! Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!
Background: After the destruction of Jerusalem the surviving Jews spent 70 years in Babylonian captivity until they were allowed to return. God is keeping His nation alive to fulfill the promises made to Abraham.
400 years later Jesus is born. Jesus will fulfill the plan of God to rescue man from all the evil that results from sin. He will bruise the head of Satan and He is the seed of Abraham through whom all nations of the earth will be blessed. He will fulfill the law. He is the Son of David that will reign over the house of Israel forever! In other words, all the promises God has been making all along will be fulfilled through Jesus.
We are familiar with the stories about the birth of Jesus. Lets revisit a few of them and note some of the things said that Jesus would do:
When the Angel appeared to Mary (Luke 1:32, 35)
God will give Him the ______________ of His father _________________.
He will be called the Son __ _______.
When the angel appeared to Joseph (Matthew 1:21)
He will save His people from their _______.
The angels who appeared to the Shepherds (Luke 2:11)
A ___________ who is __________ the ______________.
Simeon, working in the temple, made this prophecy (Luke 2:32)
A light to bring revelation to the _______________.
The Wise Men From The East (Matthew 2:2)
The ____________ of the ________________.
The “tricky” part of these wonderful promises (at least for me) are statements about Jesus being the King of the Jews and him reigning on the throne of David. When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king, what did Jesus say? (John 18:36).