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December 21, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton and a delightful Christmas message. Here we are. Just a few days ahead of Christmas and again more insight on who we are as Christ followers here Christmas. I will remind you about some special tools that help us become better Christ followers in 2022. It's called heaven life and the resurrection a powerful daily devotion available right now in tewonline.org large he a wonderful blue leather bound book that will help us gain insight from Dr. Don Wilton and other pastors opening God's word on a daily basis in 2022. Again, you'll find that and many resources on our firstname.lastname@example.org that's DEW online.org now today's teaching with Dr. Don Wilton, perhaps somewhat in my own Hawkeye might have an inkling as to the nervousness of King Herod, don't you think the uncomfortableness of the Roman garrison, perhaps in my own human heart.
My own sinful heart. Perhaps I have a renewed sense of the urgency of the shepherds to watch over their flocks by night in the wisemen who were endowed with all the riches and wealth of this world and yet made tracking a beeline to kneel at the feet of this sweet little baby boy so Caesar Augustus issued a decree that he what is the message of Christmas perhaps beloved friends.
This morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Perhaps this Christmas, we need to have a fresh understanding that this verse in John chapter 3 in verse 16 makes the constellation of the Redeemer in the firmament of divine revelation. All I love the word of God. You can go back into Genesis chapter 1 verse one and you going to find a summary of the creative work of God, and you can pay through the beautiful pages of this book and get into Exodus and you going to move from a summary of the creative work of God to the book of Exodus and see a summary of the legislative work of God and then you come headlong into John chapter 3 and verse 16. And yet we find basis sinks summary of the work of God in Christ Jesus.
Why is God's redemptive plan is in part be in the Christ of Christmas. I made just think about it for a moment, God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself. How can this be so, Caesar Augustus issued a decree all of a sudden the ballot box pales into insignificance. All of a sudden party affiliation has no grounding. All of a sudden the White House becomes darkened in a pit of oblivion.
All of a sudden all the aspirations and dreams and the directors placed upon mankind by their own human intuition begins to dissolve within the face of God's redemptive plan because this is the Christ of Christmas is the Christmas message for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believe it in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life isn't that right right that great. What was it about God's reconciling manager himself in Christ Jesus.
What is it about the Christmas message. May I submit to you this morning that if we really understand and if our hearts are open to the illumination of the spirit of God within our hearts and souls. We got understand first of all, that the Christmas message has both God the father and God the son landing side-by-side in the Chris manger God the father and God the son standing side-by-side with the birth of Jesus. Just think about it for a moment, God use area so you telling me that God was Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself and God, self existing created member of the God who is this God that would allow himself to become police called the son God the father, for God so loved the world that he gave this eternally one self existing created having need of nothing on Omni present on recent Elohim Joe John Adam has revealed himself by moving but now reveals himself by love God so loved the world what is the message of Christmas for you and for me today.
God now wait a minute, theologian, wait a minute church wait a minute, Bible God, you saying to me that God was born in Bethlehem's manger.
He who sits high and lifted up worship by adoring angels by cherubim and by seraphim in the news presence they hide their wings behind their wings and only holy, holy, and from whose presence, even the prophet Isaiah failed to reason.
These doorpost began to strike and not woe is me, for I am done because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen what is the message of Christmas so Caesar Augustus issued a decree that all the world should be taxed in the world jumped at his Kumon and they obeyed his decree.
Just think of it, God the father and God the son, because God was in Christ Jesus, reconciling himself to the world.
On the one hand you have the giver of life.
On the other hand you have the very gift of life. On the one hand you have the author of life and on the other hand you have the finisher of life in general. In the manger. He gazes upon galaxy off the galaxy so that even this was in the mood in his voice. Jesus said to his disciples, not once, but repeatedly never forget that I and my father your listing to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word. Don't go away. He'll be back with the rest of the day's message in just a moment. He wants you to know this is not just a presentation.
It's conversation over hundred and 35,000 people have shared with us how God is history of The Encouraging Word through online communication text or phone. You need to know we're here for you, you'll find all the ways to email@example.com that's TE W online.org and 1 Special Way. Many people are sharing how God is moving in The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don directly if you'd like to email him. His email is Don DOM@tewonline.org G that's firstname.lastname@example.org and why Gartner website you will see great resources like the devotional for next year. The book that Dr. Wilton wrote about his time being. The pastor Dr. Billy Graham for over 20 years so many more resources are right there for email@example.com. Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton. What a fresh glimpse of the sovereign message of Christmas. I wish this morning that I could come and present to you something you wish that I could change names and dates so as not to offend any parties concerned. I wish that I could vote along with the ACLU to eliminate the name of Jesus from our schools and remove prayer from the very fabric of our understanding. I wish that I could join with the millions around the White House who are fleeing away from the very holiness of the righteous God, I wish that I could do the popular thing and become tolerant and I wish that I could become a compromise and I wish that I could change the name of to you along just to make the antichrist happy but I'm going to say to you friends that God was Jesus reconciling the world so this is the message of Christmas, but it seems to me that we must go further cannot sit back now Koch's the comfort and stroke ourselves as we congratulate the depth of our understanding, it seems to me that despite how willing perspective on the lack of importance of Caesar Augustus that when God established these preeminence and prominence in the baby claimant was born in Bethlehem's manger that God Almighty from before the foundation of the world same to us men and women and boys and girls.
I have an announcement to make to you because it is because of God the father and God the son standing side-by-side in the names manger that we must move on to phase 2 the Christmas message has love didn't get a standing side-by-side.
Both expressions in the manger love on one hand, and gave on the other hand, for God so loved the world that that he gave his only begotten son see our beloved friends we have the final revelation of the benevolence of Almighty God right here in this passage we have the truth all of the benevolence of Almighty God. Heal us, and because of these love he got. I love that don't you. I want you to think I'm bragging, but my heart is so filled with joy of Christmas time when I see the very epitome expression of the love of God through giving is expressed in the heartbeat of the people of this congregation and so many others in our community. So many things that go on. I wish that I could tell you all about it. You see friends when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem's manger.
He placed both loved and gay together he juxtaposes them together.
They are inextricably intertwined into the person and work of the Godhead and God the father and God the son and God the Holy Spirit the very expression of the Godhead bodily upon this in order that you and I might have life and have it more abundantly. Yes, love is the prerequisite of such a gift.
Gay is the proof of such a gift. In other words friends. They must be a prerequisite before the proof was delivered. Why do we do what we do because we love.
Why do we go administer to needy people. Why do we give commissions. What's this all about blocking all Anna Lampson taking up $100,000. Why do we minister why do we have a social ministry. Why do we give to others. Why do we have an Angel tree. Why do we support Samaritans person and wrap up gifts that can be delivered to Bosnia and enter India and Africa and all over the world. Why, because of the prerequisite that God established when he reconciled the world to himself God so low that he does he die, you see beloved friends. This is the ultimate glimpse of the message of Christmas. It's the heart of God. That's what we dealing about with the manger we not dealing with the pomp and ceremony we not just dealing with the Christmas show that people turn up to we not just dealing with the magnificence of a class or an orchestra or the profundity of a public authority presents the message of the cross we dealing with the very fact of the colonnade God ordained in Jesus Christ, that God was Jesus reconciling the world to himself God the father the son spending side-by-side. Love and existing in the very heart and holiness of Almighty God. What a message of Chris, but it seems to me that we must bear just a little dab further seems to me that perhaps Almighty God is trying to get us to ask the same perplexing question that Nicodemus lost in the preceding verses of John chapter 3 in verse nine. How can this Nicodemus lost.
Can you imagine that how can this be surely this must go beyond the confines of mixing and mingling in the molds of society. Surely this must go beyond the television advertisement. Surely there was this must be go beyond Christmas gifts and giving surely there must be something more to the Christ of Christmas, may I present to you ladies and gentlemen that the Christian Christmas message is both the world and whosoever born in the manger standing side-by-side. Just look at that verse God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will yes all people universally, without distinction or exception man. Whosoever each person in the Julie praxis to the Lord Jesus Christ. How do we know this. How can God juxtapose the individual on a global view of mankind.
Well, the Bible tells us that Jesus knows he's she he knows every one of them by name, and in fact the word of God says listen I know you so well that I have numbered even the very hairs upon your head on numbered in my presence.
What an incredible joy. What an astounding goal. What is theological understanding what a transforming notion that God would have us to understand that we need to step way beyond the confines of Moby Dick sites related to Christmas. That is become nothing more than an X in Christmas and I hope there is nobody listening to me today that ever has. The old has to be to write Christmas with an not under any circumstance. If you love Jesus, how can you eliminate the name of Christ from Christmas.
The paucity of your expression extends to the very heartbeat of God, my friend, you have a major conversation that you need to have with the Christ of Christmas. Why because he cut deep onto his knees and received him not. They put an X in Christmas to as many as received him, to them gave me the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Don't put an X in your Christmas don't put an X in your Christmas but you see friends. I believe that God would take us much further than that.
The Christmas message. Not only has the world and whosoever, but the Christmas message has believe and have standing side-by-side.
Just look at this verse with me for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, Jared. Is he ready for this bypass. This is mom's this is marvelous. This is on believable that God would do this for men and women and boys and go on in their trespasses and in the air sends the message of Christmas has believe and have standing side-by-side. The significance believe is the hand of branched out in confidence to the giver have his back hand of all in this contentment, having been possessed by the spirit of the living God. This is where our assurance of salvation comes from so many of us lost many times how can I know that I know that I know that I know that I know that I have my dear friends remember that the message of Christmas has believe and have standing side-by-side together.
You must believe Chris do you know the word of faith means that I don't necessarily understand why or how God could ever love me or how or why God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, but because I exercise my him him according to his why I keep trying to live, I present my eternal life time by the spirit of the living God. And I know that I know that I'm know that you live you have eternal life. You don't think you have it you just got it brother you got if you expressed an exercise jewel faith in Christ Jesus by Abraham walk with God and it was counted to him for righteousness but there is one final thing we gotta move beyond believe and have you see believe my friend is the trust habit is the transfer of that trust is the assurance we gotta move beyond that, because the message of the cross has both perish and live in the manger parish. The uncomfortable lostness of those who dine there soon and life beyond ending life of those who receive the Savior is not incredible.
Listen to it for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but will have everlasting life. This is the message of Christmas. This is the Christ of Christmas. You know something.
I've got good news for you today.
What Jesus has done for me to do the same thing.
And what better time than during these wonderful holy days of Christmas settled that decision forever per Dr. Wilson from the pulpit as he been preaching and teaching.
Now open your heart what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today.
Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I repent of my sin. I can face my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart into my life.
Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer. Let me be the first want to welcome you to the family of this is I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very cordless so that we can talk to you and connect you in the right place you can begin this wonderful journey in just a moment. I'm in a come back with the final draft you are praying along with Dr. Wilson. Moments ago to give your life to Christ.
We dedicate your life to Jesus. We want you to know were so excited when a celebrate with you. We want to pray for you in the next steps.
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