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Christmas 2017 // Part IV

He Is Here

Can you imagine a time when no one heard from nor was hearing from God?

· For 400 years, there had been silence.

· Since Malachi laid down his prophet’s staff until an angel of the Lord appears to Zacharias and announces, “You and your wife Elizabeth will have a son and you’ll name him John,” there had been no word from heaven.

· Now, all of a sudden, there’s angel activity bringing messages from God. An angel appears now to a teenage girl in Nazareth and says, “The Holy Spirit will move on you and you will have a baby and He’ll be the Son of the Most High God and His Name will be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace – Emmanuel – God with us – give Him the name Jesus.”

· Then an angel speaks to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. I want you both to raise the Son of God.”

· And 9 months later we read:

Luke 2:1-14 KJV
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

1. He’s here.

· The long-awaited Savior

· For 4,000 years, He’d been talked about and looked for and even longed for.

· Now, with the precious cry from a baby’s lungs, God speaks again.

· And what is this message from God? What does this baby say?

A. For the Son of Man came to find and to restore the lost (Luke 19:10).

1. Jeremy talked briefly last week about being lost.

· I am the king of lost.

· I’ve yielded – I’ve come over to the weak side now.

2. But all of us have been or are spiritually lost.

· Something’s missing

· All of us have a God-longing – a spiritual honing device that keeps taking us back to God.

· And the great thing is, He – Jesus – is out looking for you. You may be lost but someone is looking for you.

· Telemarketer call - Little girl answers in a whisper. Mom – busy. Dad – busy. Police here – busy. They are looking for me.

· Hey, no matter how long you’ve been lost, or where you may be hiding, Jesus is looking for you today.

That’s what this day is all about.

· He’s looking in your busy schedule for you.

· He’s looking through pain and despair for you.

· He’s looking in those moments when it seems no one is there and no one cares, and He’s there saying, “I do. I care. I’m looking for you.”

· And when He finds you…

2. He brings hope.

A. Come on, be honest. Ever feel like there’s just no hope?

B. Young families… Single parents… Struggling with life… Compounded by Christmas and guilt and trying to do more than you can afford.

C. There’s not a person here today that isn’t or hasn’t been there.

Even our students here struggle with identity issues; who am I? Where do I fit in? Where am I going? And the list goes on.

D. Here’s some good news for you.

· You don’t have to perform.

· You don’t have to strive.

· You don’t have to add another event to your full schedule.

· You just stop running – Someone is looking for you today - there’s your hope.

Hope is confident expectation that God is going to do what He promised He was going to do.

Worship Set

Joy To The World 

- Isaac Watts and G.F. Handel Arr. by Joel Mott

Verse 1

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart, prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

Verse 2

Joy to the world the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

Verse 3

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nation prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His Love

Misc (Tag)

Joy to the world
The wonders of Your love
The wonders of Your love

Silent Night (Casting Crowns) 

- Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, and John Freeman Young

Verse 1

Silent night holy night
All is calm all is bright
'Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Verse 2

Silent night holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav'nly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

Verse 3

Silent night holy night
Son of God love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at Thy birth
Jesus Lord at Thy birth
Christ the Savior is born

Here With Us

- Ben Glover and Joy Williams

Chorus 1

Hallelujah hallelujah
Heaven's Love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah hallelujah
Son of God Servant King here with us
You're here with us

Verse 1

It's still a mystery to me
That the Hands of God could be so small
How tiny fingers reachin' in the night
Were the very hands that measured the sky

Verse 2

It's still a mystery to me
How His infant Eyes had seen the dawn of time
How His Ears had heard an angel symphony
Still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Jesus the Christ
Born in Bethlehem
A Baby born to save
To save the souls of man

Misc 2 (Ending)

Here with us
Here with us
Here with us