You’re Invited | Sermon Three

December 19, 2021   /   Philip Carroll   /   NorthEast Christian Church

You’re Invited | Who, What, When, Where, WHY

Jesus is a . . . 
Latin translation… 
from a Greek word… 
based on the Hebrew name Yeshua. Matthew 1:20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”

When Jesus died, they expected Him to stay dead.

Matthew 1:21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.”

The message of Christmas is about more than just forgiveness of the consequences of our sin.

Jesus came to deliver us from the power of sin.

The WHY is significant because the HOW was so hard.  

John 3:2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus gave up being with God in  Heaven to be God with us on Earth.

Philippians 2:5-11 ” In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,    in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

2 Corinthians 5:21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus’ life is bookended by the same promise: 

Matthew 1 – He shall be called Immanuel, which means God is with us. (Matt 1:23)

TO his final words in Matthew 28 – at the great commission: I will be with you…..always. (Matt 28:20)

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