GOD WITH US – ALWAYS

December 19, 2021   /   United Church

GOD WITH US – ALWAYS

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 1:18-23

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. … John 1:1, 14

“If you love Me, keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and — . The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. John 14:15-19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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 1:21-23

 

Family and Small Group Questions

 

How did this message change the way you think about the Christmas story?

 

Which part of Jesus’ human experience most impacts you?

 

Jesus went through a lot to be with you. What have you done, or what do you want to do, to make room for Him?

 

Read Matthew 28:19-20. How have you seen Jesus follow through on His promise in verse 20? How will you respond to His command this next year?

 

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