Part of what it means to be a Christian is to believe the unbelievable: that the historical human person, Jesus, who was born in a stable in a small village outside of Jerusalem two thousand years ago, was actually God in the flesh. This incarnation,means that, beginning at his birth, the human baby named Jesus was fully God and fully man in one person, and will be so forever.  God became man—forever. That infant in the cradle was Immanuel, God with us!

Paul expressed the incarnation in this way: “In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”(Col. 2:9). Think of that! Jesus wasn’t just some special appearance of God. Nor was he merely a misunderstood teacher of love who ended up getting crucified. He was God in the flesh—immortal; invisible spirit clothed with human hair, skin and blood; and supported by muscle and bone. In his humiliation, God had to breathe, eat, drink, and sleep. When cut he bled. He longed for companionship and truly suffered when his friends deserted him. He is one of our kind, and as we “share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things”(Heb. 2:14).

To this day he remains one of us. The incarnation brings tremendous hope and an end to despair. There is great comfort for our souls in the truth that he is just like us. Here’s why: the incarnation tells us that even though we sin, we are not alone; even though we’re weak and finite, he knows what weakness and mortality are, because he was weak and mortal just like us; and even though we continually fail he has committed himself to be part of a race of failures—and he has done so forever. 

He Is One of Us

The incarnation sets Christianity apart from every other religion. The thought that God would become man is simply without parallel in any other religion. In no other religion does a creator god become weak and an indistinguishable part of his creation.

In the incarnation, God became so completely one of us that the people who lived with him didn’t notice anything special about him; Jesus’s deity was perfectly veiled in human flesh. In fact, when he went to his own village, Nazareth, “the people who had known him for many years did not receive him.  Is not this the carpenter’s son? they asked. Is not his mother called Mary?(Matt. 13:55).

What was baby Jesus like? Did he have some sort of radioactive glow about him? Maybe he had a little halo or cherubs floating around his head? No! No! No!   He looked like any Middle Eastern infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and nursing at his mother’s breast. And contrary to the Christmas carol “Away in the Manger,” he did cry when awakened by the cattle’s lowing. He cried just like us.

 “Though he was rich, yet for your sake he [voluntarily] became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). The incarnation isn’t a punishment on the Son; it is an act of his love.  He gladly “made himself nothing”(Phil 2;7-9). He who had everything, who was Lord of all, God Most High, creator, became a poor servant—your servant—out of love for you, his beloved. He came to serve you and win you with his love. He became one of our own so that we could be his own.


General Fund  $3742.00
 
Blessing Box  $13.10

            December 13                        Core Team Christmas Dinner

            December 14                         All Church Ornament exchange 6:00 PM

                                                            Bring finger foods

            December 15/16                  Advent #3 – Rejoice

            December 17/21                  Some D-Groups will continue to meet

            December 22/23                  Advent #4 – Love

            December 24                        Christmas Eve – 6:00 PM

            December 29/30                  Last Celebration Service of 2018

Every Christian is a sent

One.   There is no

Such thing as an unsent

Christian

            In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus did say this – Go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in….Jesus did say with his final breath on earth before His ascension –Go into all the world and preach the gospel, baptize those who believe your message……

            Each Saturday evening we have a wonderful meal spread – the intent was to BRING THEM IN.  Who would be the THEM in this case — our neighbors – our friends –those who do not have a relationship with Jesus….

            Each who ate attending Saturday are truly enjoying the rich fellowship following the service and this is fabulous…..but what can we do to Bring Them In? With the New Year upon us – I’d like to challenge everyone to consider this…Knowing there is no UNSENT CHRISTIANS – let’s develop the attitude – when God puts me beside someone I don’t know, let me be friendly – and as the discussion ensues, look for that open window to speak of Christ….and depending how things are progressing – invite them to the 5:00 PM mea on Saturday…..Maybe the reason nobody is coming is because nobody is asking….

December 14th@ 6:00 PM

All Church ORNAMENT exchange

Snack will be Finger Food

Everyone who participates in the exchange

Needs to bring an ornament

What an opportunity for Christian 

Fellowship and sharing

The 3rdweek of Advent is JOY – our passage for study will be Luke 1:46-55.  Most refer to this passage as Mary’s Song – others call it the Magnificat.  In the Latin text for Luke 1:46 – the 1stword is Magnificat – which means, “My soul does magnify the Lord.”  

            The English text says “Oh how my soul praises the Lord.  How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”   From Mary’s own words here we see how JOY is the theme of the 3rdweek of Advent.  

            In group this morning, we discussed – how was it God chose Mary to birth the Christ child?  There was no profound response – other that God will and can do what He chooses.  Why does God choose to bless you?  Me?  Knowing from the start she rejoiced – can our JOY be stolen?  How?  

            In spite of such accolades – Mary remained 100% humble – our example — in her youth, she had a firm grasp on who God is…she says He is Mighty – He is Holy and He is Mercy…Toward the end she says God remembers His promise to Abraham —I am so glad God is a God of promises and keeps everyone….Hope you will grace our auditorium this weekend and study the Magnificat with us.

    The Man of God – was the Man of Hope – He was the Man of Truth – He was the Man of Joy – but JESUS was also the Man of Prayer — let Him be our example in this regard as we pray generally – and now specifically

·     Courtney and children – stomach flu

·     Dixie German – had her cancer treatment today (Wed)

·     Jerry Noble has a procedure tomorrow (Thursday) ask God for good results

·     Our Advent series will bring joy to Jesus and faith to His children

·     We will share Christ with someone during the Christmas season

·     Those who have lost their FIRST LOVE Rev 2:4 will return to the Lord’s Table and Christ infallible Word

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

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. 19 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[a] quietly. 20 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. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[b] for he will save his people from their sins.”  22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet  23“Look! The virgin will conceive a child.   She will give birth to a son,nand they will call him Immanuel,[  which means ‘God is with us.’”24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.