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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sermon 12242011 Early Service

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight O Lord, our rock and our redeemer!!  AMEN!!

Let us pray!  Lord Jesus Christ, tonight we celebrate the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah who spoke the Words given to him of Your birth.  For Your birth was a divine accomplishment in spite of the deceit of mankind.  May we sinful creatures in need of our Savior welcome the fulfillment of time and tonight celebrate Your entrance, not only into the World wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger, but into our hearts.  For You came to save us from our sin and set us free on the Cross of Calvary for all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel this Christmas Eve night.  AMEN.

Tonight we sing the songs of Christmas that herald the birth of Jesus Christ.  His birth was long foretold from Isaiah’s prophecy and is a divine accomplishment in perfect time.  Here the beloved story we all know so well.

Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

We come tonight with the cares of the world on our shoulders and in our hearts.  There are some of you here tonight who bear these burdens unnecessarily, because you cannot let them go.  Please know it is for you and for all people that Jesus Christ came into this world to bear our burdens that we carry. 
Tonight lying in a manger, because there was no room in the inn, Jesus Christ our Immanuel, knew what we bring as we kneel on bended knee and worship Him.  Jesus Christ clearly says, ‘leave your burdens’, ‘leave your cares’, ‘leave the things causing you trouble’ and welcome Me into your heart and let Me fill you with peace.  For this is the reason for this season, Jesus Christ our Immanuel came down from heaven to enter into our hearts.  It is my personal prayer that each of you as you celebrate and welcome our Immanuel tonight, will enter into a deeper relationship with Him and know Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, Who came down to earth to set all of us free from sin, death and the devil.  For our Immanuel’s coming in Bethlehem in a lowly manger was for all of mankind and especially all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel.  AMEN.
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