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Christmas 2017 // Part II

He’s Portrayed

Matthew 1:18-25
“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:” Matthew 1:18-22 NLT

1. All month we want to focus on Jesus. This whole season is all about Him.

2. This Bible that we love and appreciate so much is all about Him. He, Jesus is seen throughout the sacred pages. A renown Professor of mine while at Lee, Dr. Donald Bowdle, once said, “Through spiritual eyes Jesus can be seen on every page of the Bible.”

3. He is the star of the whole eternal drama. Maybe you remember we started this year with a theme verse, Mark 1:7: “The Star of this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life.” And that is what Christmas is all about!

4. Obviously, we do not have time to look at all 1,146 pages of my Bible. But I can, as I have in the past tell you Who He is in each book of the Bible.

Jesus in all 66 Books of the Bible

Old Testament

In Genesis - He is the seed of woman.
In Exodus - He is the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus- He is Our High Priest.
In Numbers - He is the Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night.
In Deuteronomy - He is the Prophet like unto Moses.
In Joshua - He is the Captain of our Salvation
In Judges - He is our Judge and Law giver.
In Ruth - He is our Kinsman and Redeemer.
In 1 & 2 Samuel - He is our Trusted Prophet.
In 1 & 2 Kings - He is the Lord our King.
In 1 & 2 Chronicles -He is our Reigning King.
In Ezra - He is our Faithful Spouse. In Nehemiah - He is the Builder of broken down walls.
In Esther - He is our Mordecai.
In Job - He is our Redeemer.
In Psalms - He is the Lord our Shepherd.
In Proverbs - He is our Wisdom.
In Ecclesiasties - He is our Lover. In the Song of Solomon - He is our Beloved Fair one.
In Isaiah - He is the Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah - He is the The Balm of Gilead.
In the Lamentations - He is the weaping Prophet.
In Ezekiel - He is the wonderful four faced Man.
In Daniel - He is the fourth man in the Fiery Furnace
In Hosea - He is the faithful Husband
In Joel - He is The Holy Ghost Baptizer
In Amos - He is the Burden Bearer In Obadiah - He is Mighty to Save In Jonah - He is our foreign Missionary
In Micah - He is the Messenger with Beautiful feet
In Nahum - He is the Avenger of Gods Elect
In Habakkuk - He is God’s Evangelist
In Zephaniah - He is Our Savior
In Haggai - He is The Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage
In Zechariah - He is the Fountain Open in the house of David
In Malachi - He is the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings.

5. Let’s take a brief look at the prophecies concerning Jesus in the Old Testament. According to Hebrew tradition a prophecy was only a valid if it was 100% accurate. So the question that either vindicates Jesus or makes Him culpable for the world’s greatest hoax is, Did He fit and fulfill these Old Testament prophecies?

6. Bible Scholars agree that there are 61 prophecies regarding the Messiah in the OT with over 300 references to their fulfillment.

Now here’s where it gets good; the chances of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person is nearly impossible.

7. Professor of mathematics Peter Stoner gave 600 students a math probability problem that would determine the odds for one person fulfilling just 8 specific prophecies. First, the students calculated the odds of one person fulfilling all conditions of one specific prophecy, such as being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Then the students did their best to estimate the odds of all 8 prophecies combined.

8. The students determined that the odds of one person fulfilling all 8 prophecies are astronomical. Actually, it is 1 in 10 to the 21st power! It can be illustrated this way.

First, blanket the earth land mass with silver dollars 120 feet high.
Second, specially mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it.
Third, ask a person to travel the Earth and select the marked dollar while blindfolded, from the trillions of dollars.
That is as probable as 8 prophecies concerning Jesus being fulfilled.

Here's just 7 of the prophecies that shed light on how amazing our God is:

Prophecy: The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Jeremiah 23:5
600 B.C. Fulfillment: “Jesus … the son of David …” Luke 3:23, 31
4 B.C.

Prophecy: The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:13 487 B.C. Fulfillment: “They gave him thirty pieces of silver.” Matthew 26:15
30 A.D.

Prophecy: The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced. Psalm 22:16 1000 B.C. Fulfillment: “They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there - Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.”
Luke 23:33
30 A.D.

Prophecy: People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing.
Psalm 22:18 1000 B.C. Fulfillment: “The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ” John 19:23-24 30 A.D.

Prophecy: The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
500 B.C. Fulfillment: “They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.” Matthew 21:7 30 A.D.

Prophecy: A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah. Malachi 3:1
500 B.C. Fulfillment: John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.” John 1:26 27 A.D.

• The Old Testament even specifically tells us the exact place of the Savior’s birth.

Micah 5:2 says, “You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.”

• The seven prophecies we’ve reviewed about the Messiah were written by men from different times and places between about 500 and 1,000 years before Jesus was born. Thus, there was no opportunity for collusion among them. Notice too, the specificity.

• Bible scholars tell us that nearly 300 references to 61 specific prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The odds against one person fulfilling that many prophecies would be beyond all mathematical possibility. It could never happen, no matter how much time was allotted. One mathematician’s estimate of those impossible odds is “one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.”³

❖ That’s a lot of stuff but doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the miracle of His birth. Here’s our take away today:

• God loves us so much that He does nothing by chance to prove it. He planned 4,000 years for this one moment in time to scream to the universe, “Hey I love you so much that unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Jesus Christ the Lord!”

• God loves us so much that He never wants us to walk around with questioning doubt as to whether or not our faith is real. All other religions have their start and their end in some persons’ concept of a god. But this Jesus this God of the Bible - gives us undeniable concrete proof with incalculable odds that He is the One and the Only God.

• We don’t need to live thinking that we may or may not be right in our God-choice… That this God we’ve chosen fits our way of thinking and rationalizing quite well… And the other gods are better for some other people… But in the end it doesn’t matter as long as you believe something.

• Let me tell you it does matter. And though some of our applications of our faith are weird, and some of our portrayal of our beliefs are absurd; that doesn’t negate the fact that the Bible is God’s Word. Jesus is the way, truth and life. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life. Died on a cross. Rose from the grave. All of that for one reason and one reason only - God wanted to say, “I love you and I forgive you of your sin. Come be my friend!!”

9. I’ll land this by saying I quickly skimmed the Savior’s portrayal from the Old Testament. Here’s a snapshot in the New Testament.

In Matthew - He is The Messiah
In Mark - He is The Wonder Worker In Luke - He is The Son of Man
In John - He is The Son of God (he is the Word)
In The Acts - He is The Foundation of the Church
In Romans - He is our Justifier
In 1 & 2 Corinthians - He is our Sanctifier
In Galatians - He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law
In Ephesians - He is the Christ with Unsearchable Riches
In Philippians - He is The God that Supplies All of Our Needs
In Colossians - He is the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily
In 1 & 2 Thessalonians - He is Our Soon Coming King
In 1 & 2 Timothy - He is the Mediator between God in Man
In Titus - He is The Faithful Pastor In Philemon - He is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother
In Hebrews - He is The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
In James - He is Our Great Physician
In 1 & 2 Peter - He is The Chief Shepherd
In 1- 2 & 3 John - He is Love
In Jude - He is The Lord Coming with 10,000 of His saints
In The Revelation - He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords

• John the Beloved paints the most complete and beautiful picture of Jesus in his Gospel. He gives us this:

Chapter 1 - He’s the Son of God
Chapter 2 - The Son of Man
Chapter 3 - The Divine Teacher
Chapter 4 - The Soul-winner
Chapter 5 - The Great Physician
Chapter 6 - The Bread of Life
Chapter 7 - The Water of Life
Chapter 8 - The Defender of the Weak
Chapter 9 - The Light of the World
Chapter 10 - The Good Shepherd
Chapter 11 - The Resurrection and The Life
Chapter 12 - The King
Chapter 13 - Assumes the Place of a Servant
Chapter 14 - The Consoler
Chapter 15 - The True Vine
Chapter 16 - The Giver of the Spirit
Chapter 17 - The Great Intercessor
Chapter 18 - The Model Sufferer
Chapter 19 - The Uplifted Savior
Chapter 20 - The Victor over Death
Chapter 21 - The Restorer of the Penitent

And today I want you to have an experiential relationship with this long-awaited Savior.

And I want you and I to go out of here confident that He has come to seek and to save the lost. That’s you, me, our families, those we like and those we don’t like.

Worship Set

What A Beautiful Name 

- Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

Verse 1

You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

Chorus 1

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Verse 2

You didn't want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now

Chorus 2

What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

Misc 2 (Bridge)

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

Chorus 3

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Misc 3 (Ending)

What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Call His Name Jesus

- Tony Wood, Nick Robertson, and Allie LaPointe

Verse 1

Mary do not fear
For your God is near
He has chosen you this day
You will bear a Son and He will be great
You will give Your Child a Name

Chorus 1

You will call His Name Jesus
Emmanuel God with us
He is God Who saves worthy of all praise
You will call His Name

Verse 2

Joseph, God on high sent a Word tonight
He has seen your heart of faith
Mary’s Child will be
Holy Royalty you will give this Child a Name

Chorus 2

You will call His Name Jesus
Emmanuel God with us
He is God Who saves worthy of all praise
You will call His Name Jesus

Bridge 1

Jesus Jesus

Chorus 3

You will call His Name Jesus
Emmanuel God with us
He is God Who saves worthy of all praise
You will call His Name Jesus
(Repeat Chorus)

O Come, All Ye Faithful

- Chris Tomlin 

Chorus 1

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Verse 1

O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

Verse 2

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O sing all ye citizens of heav'n above
Glory to God
All glory in the highest

Misc 1 (Vamp)

Christ the Lord
You are the Lord

Verse 3

Yea Lord we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory giv'n
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing

Misc 2 (Vamp)

You are the Lord
You are the Lord
You are the Lord

Chorus 2

We'll praise Your name forever
We'll praise Your name forever
We'll praise Your name forever
Christ the Lord

Glory in the highest
We'll praise Your name forever
We'll praise Your name forever
We'll praise Your name forever
Christ the Lord