THE FAITH OF MARY AND JOSEPH

 Text - MATTHEW 1:18—25

GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD AND SAVIOR – JESUS THE CHRIST.

Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way.  When His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with Child of The Holy Spirit.

A week and a half ago during our midweek BIBLE Study, we focused on  Nazareth and the angel Gabriel’s visit to a betrothed young girl named Mary telling her she was to be the human mother of The Son of God. It was a Divine Calling that would require every ounce of God-given Faith Mary could muster.     

     

When we looked at the betrothal, Mary and Joseph and their parents appeared before the elders in the city gate where contract agreements were made and the couple said their vows. That betrothal would last a year and could only be ended by death or divorce.  During that year – like all betrothed couples – they remained with their parents – Joseph building his new home and Mary fulfilling her final responsibilities to her parents and preparing for her new home with Joseph.  

“Our Incarnate Savior”

 

Text – Philippians 2:5-8 & 4:4-7

 

GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD AND SAVIOR – JESUS THE CHRIST.

Two weeks ago as this Season of Advent began, we talked together about the puppy trapped on the roof of Guenther Tharp’s home and Guenther’s frustrated desire to become a dog to lead his puppy off that roof. Several of you wanted to know the rest of the story. Well, as Guenther’s neighbor’s curious cat came to see what was happening, Guenther’s puppy followed her down the roof and back into the attic.

Today we continue our Advent theme of God lovingly coming among us as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ. Though Jesus was and is God, He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE!!!

“THE WORD MADE FLESH”

    

Text – JOHN 1:1—5, 14

GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR – JESUS CHRIST.

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Thousands of years before God came among us as The vulnerable flesh and blood Christ, God in His Word proclaimed that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ... 

Over 20 centuries after God came among us as The vulnerable flesh and blood Christ, a group of scientists gathered on the wind-swept plains of the southern polar ice cap where the average temperature is 58 degrees below zero.  They came together seeking scientific support for a more definitive analysis of the formation of the universe.  Their study revealed that a clump of matter a mere billionth of a billionth of a centimeter in size was filled with an energy field called the inflation field.  That energy caused the clump of matter to be wretched apart by powerful repulsive gravity – potentially stretching it as large as the observable universe in a fraction of a second.  The Big Bang’s residual heat first manifested itself as a bath of photons (particals of light).

***WE APOLOGIZE FOR NO VOCAL RECORDING OF THIS SERMON***

 

"THE VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS"

 

Text - MATTHEW 3:1--12

 

GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR … JESUS THE CHRIST. 

5 A.M. and the first rays of sunshine are just beginning to appear to announce the dawn of another day in Jerusalem. Pulling their robes tightly around themselves to guard against the pre-dawn chill, five Pharisees, sent by the high priest to confront a popular wilderness preacher, left the residential area all five of them called home.  Exiting the city, they hurried across the Kidron Valley and up the Mount of Olives.

The climb up the western slope was strenuous and they reached the top somewhat out of breath.  Simon was the first to suggest they rest for a moment and the other four enthusiastically agreed. Under a solitary tree, they drink sparingly of the water each carried. 

CHRIST THE KING

Text – JOHN 18:33—38a

      

GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD AND SAVIOUR – JESUS THE CHRIST.

Today is the last Sunday of the Church Year and our total focus is on CHRIST THE KING. 

When we face CHRIST THE KING on Judgment Day and prepare to enter into the full glory of The Kingdom He has prepared for us, there are two questions everyone must answer.

They are two questions which were asked by Pontius Pilate shortly before he proclaimed Jesus to be totally innocent and then did the politically correct thing and condemned our Savior to death. 

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