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May 13, 2022 8:00 am
Encouraging Word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching Dr. Don Wilton message about Jesus in full Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastors taking us to Matthew chapter 2 about this topic. After Jesus was born as we open God's word know that were open to you not only on our email@example.com so open to connect with you on the phone rang with friends already today and would love to pray for you as well. 866-899-WORD will connect with us. That's 866-899-9673. Many are asking about the loneliness how to be alone but not lonely resource can take a peek at that on our website right now as well. Tewonline.org T online.org about today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton so hope you have a copy of God's word.
I want you to turn to an incredible passage, Matthew chapter 2 Matthew chapter and while you're turning their I want you to think for those of you that are able to do so about the day that your baby was born, I do. I think about when all three were born. It's been a long time ago now, but then I have four grandsons visiting me at the moment. And so it's not too far stretch for me to think about the birth of precious little ones that mean a great deal to me personally. You think about the birth of a baby. It's just a wonderful time is and what excitement all the preparation that goes into it and I getting that nursery ready just the right things in the right place and all conversation and then some people want to know is it going to be a boy, is it going to be a girl and all the visits to the doctor and and everything that goes on in the next nine months.
Which is just wonderful. Very exciting time as the baby wins the baby that's incredible.
One of my nieces. My youngest niece we discovered loss not is expecting a baby, Bridget, and we just love and I went up there and I said wins the baby Jew and then the day comes and all the law that goes into how I remember well and I remember all the things I remember how my wife woke me up at the worst possible.
Our and I remember going charging off to the hospital in New Orleans. All three of our children were born in the great city of New Orleans, the home of the world champion New Orleans Saints and that's where my boys were born. My daughter was born, and then the baby comes and you talk about everybody crowds into the waiting rooms you know and then finally the baby gets taken out and put into this little base and Nathan put it behind the window and then the whole family.
You know all 75 crowd around one little window and everybody's looking and taking pictures and ends.
All he looks just like at all. She looks just fine. She just looks in and everybody so excited and then comes the day when you take that baby home. The question that I have today my friends that God is going to challenge your heart is found in Matthew chapter 2 and it's the first few words often Jesus was born, so I want you to look at me again just for one minute and then I'm going to read this passage.
What now what you suppose happened off to the Lord Jesus was born.
What happens when all the lights go out. What happens when you dismantle your Christmas tree. What you gonna look like three weeks from now what's going to go on in your heart and in your life, what we going to do today as we going to study God's word and I want you to know that I'm praying for you because Jesus Christ hasn't Encouraging Word just for you today. I'm getting invite you to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus because my friend I want you to know that. But the Lord Jesus Christ is done for me he would do exactly the same thing for you now want to just read this to you so you can follow along in your Bibles in Matthew chapter 2. Often Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod magi from the East came to Jerusalem in August. Where is the one who's been born king of the Jews. We saw his star on the east and we have come to worship him. Now when King Herod heard this, he was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him when he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law he Austin where the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem in Judea, they reply, this is what the prophet is written, but you basically him in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel inherited cold.
The Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and he said and make a careful search for the child as soon as you find him report to me.
So the die to let go and worship him after they had heard the king, they went on their way and the stall they had seen in the East went ahead of them until it stopped over the very place where the child wants. When they sold the stall. They were overjoyed on coming to the house they sold the child with these mother Mary and they bowed down and they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of murder and having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they return to their country by another route. Often Jesus was born. I'm going to show you some wonderful truths right out of God's word today. There were six things that happened immediately after Jesus was born, and if you think about them. I believe they mirror exactly what happens in our own world today.
So what happened after Jesus was born. Number one questions were lost.
Look at verse two. Magi said where is the one who's been born king of the Jews questions were ours, you know, there is never a time great in the world, then the time the Jesus was born for questions to be office concerning the birth of the Lord Jesus, and I know that you have a question today. Who is this why did he come I just want to tell you today.
I just want to share with you today from my heart. I want you to know that Jesus came in he was born just for you just for me yes what the Bible says. The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave who did he give he gave his only begotten son, that's the Lord Jesus, that whoever believes in him. Watch this shall not die, but shall have eternal life, but a questions my friend. I I know that you got questions. Some of you got serious questions.
Some of you got questions that are born out of hurting hearts. Maybe someone said something in a church many years ago and you pulled back. Maybe you haven't been to church in a long time. Maybe. Maybe you've just gotten stuck today your heading from one place to the other and you cannot travel and so you're in that motel room and and you just switched on the television and all of a sudden you listening on to you know you're not listening by mistake. I think the Lord Jesus has got your attention right now because you need him. I want to invite you to give your heart to Jesus you know so many of us believe that when questions are lost about Jesus. But we gotta go into some kind of major theological discussion. Or perhaps we gotta get into some deep defense of why God would've done something like this I I'm I'm I don't want to do. I just want you to know something my friend that all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. You know that the Bible tells us that because of the sin of Adam all of us are destined to go to an eternal separation from the Lord Jesus Christ God our heavenly father and because Jesus was born.
You can repent of your sin and confess that sin to him, and by faith trusting him as your personal Savior and Lord, and give your life team. I'm getting invite you to give your heart to him today. Do you see that number on the television screen.
I put it they just for you.
I want you to pick up the phone right now because some of my friends are waiting to speak to you to invite you to give your life to Christ will help you in any way up, go ahead and call that number right now. That's why we hear that's why you are where you all you got questions. Did you know that often Jesus was born.
Questions were honest but I want you to note in the second place, not only with questions on scrap pretenders were identified pretenders were identified. You not. The Bible tells us in verse three and following the Bible tells us that King Herod was the ruler of his time. Went to the wise man and said to them, listen gentlemen, let's gather around the Christmas tree together. I want you to a baby King is being born is wonderful. I want you to go and find him and I want you to come and tell me where he is, so that I can go and worship him. You know what happened the day off to Jesus were born was born. Pretenders were identified, you might say to me pasta what you mean by that Lord speaking to your heart is me. You know, there is no greater time in America for you and for me to masquerade as a pretend. Then at Christmas time.
Please hear me my friend because I love you today but you know don't you he doesn't live in your heart celebrate the Christ of Christmas without ever having him live in your heart you know that you can know about him in your head but never trust him as your Savior in your heart. Pretenders were identified. Herod was a pretend I just think about hearing the most powerful man in that region and he he was just full of pretense done, done, find the babe.
I'll just tell me where the baby is so that I can go and worship him.
That's not what he had in mind.
All he wanted to do was to get rid of this one who would call himself king pretenders were identified friend. There is no better time. Often Jesus was born then to make certain that you know that you know that you know that the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
I cannot cannot just say this to you folks. I pretended for many years I lived a life of pretense see my dad's a great preacher on the preacher's kid is easy for me to pretend. As I grew up going to church.
You know in our world today. Folks in America we so based on three it's so easy to look like the real thing but to not know the Lord Jesus. There is no more wonderful feeling in the world. Then when you turn to God, our heavenly father and you say to him my heavenly father, thank you for letting Jesus, and be born in order to dine in raising him up from the grave. I know that he came in was born to die for me and I know you want to live a life of pretense. I want to trust him as my Savior do that today do that today you see often Jesus was born in this passage. Questions were awesome. Pretenders were identified but not in the third-place prophecies were fulfilled. In fact, the Bible tells us quoting Micah chapter 5 in verse two that you bear them in the land of Judah, are by no means the least among the routers of Judah, out of you, I will be the shepherd my people Israel got great news. Often Jesus was born this Bible. This doesn't contain the word of God. It is God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Read prophecy in this book is the Bible is God's word.
That's why want you to know Jesus Christ has an encouraging word for you today.
Often Jesus was bold because prophecy is true everything that God tells us about Jesus Christ. In his book is true, it's true that God loves you. It's true that Jesus came and was born for you. It's true that Jesus died and took a sin upon himself, and was buried in the grave and left them in the pit of hell. It's true that God by his power raised Jesus from the dead through this is true right news for you. This is God's word because it's absolute truth. This is this is not about being a Baptist or Lutheran or a Baptist or never want to be a Baptist. This is this is God's word, forgive the interruption will be back with the completion of today's message from Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment, but it is all about college truth. God's word. We are The Encouraging Word and it's all rooted in the Bible itself as we take this break.
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Prophecies were fulfilled, number four, lines were drawn lines were drawn.
Folks listen to this very, very carefully today.
See, the Bible says in verse eight of chapter 2, he sent them to Bethlehem and what he say Herod said go and make a careful search for the child and as soon as you find them report to me that I too may go and worship him. A line was drawn.
These magi, the wise man they knew better than you better folks. A line was grown they had to choose between God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, the King, the Savior of the world and God King Herod line was grown often Jesus was born, my friend. A line was drawn and aligned as being drawn for you and for me today in America and all around the world. God's servant, Joshua was confronted with that reality. When Jehovah God said to choose you this day whom you will soon. How many of you today are willing to stand up and say as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. How many of us today in America are willing to stand up and say you can count on me. God I believe that God is exactly who he says he is. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and begin the first at the loss. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and I believe that you paid the price for my sin and I believe that he alone can save me from my sin and I believe he's going to take me to heaven to be with God the father, but I believe you can count on me.
The line is grown in America today my friends as we enter into a new year more and more across this nation. I believe that God is calling upon you and me to stand up and be counted Jesus Christ because he was born in Bethlehem's mines are the lines would drone you made your decision, but I want you to note in the fifth place the worshipers were seen. I love this. 11. The Bible says they bowed down and they worshiped him down and they worshiped him. Can you imagine that often Jesus was born, unprecedented worship took place. Tell you one of the commitments I want to make to the Lord this year. Often Jesus was born, is that I too would worship him.
Folks worship is not an option.
Worship is not an option but you know there was something else that took place that is too beautiful for words.
Number six did you get right then verse 11 gifts were given gifts were given that amazing you know that the greatest gift that you can ever give back now that Jesus has been born as you.
You know why Jesus gave himself so that you would give your self back to him greatest gift I want you to give your heart and life to Jesus Christ. I want you to trust him as your personal savior and Lord greatest gift ever given is the gift of a heart and life.
When you repent of your sin and by faith, your trust in Jesus Christ. You know what he does.
He comes in lives in your heart, and he drills in your heart and in your life, hereunto naming his book in heaven.
Gifts were given folks gift number one is the gift of your heart. Gift number two is the gift of your children.
You know the Bible gives such a beautiful picture of dedicating children to the Lord God gave to us that gift and we parents give that gift back to him and then you can give the gift of those gifts to others we going to have boys and ghosts. They bring the gifts we just want to open up our hearts and just given just given just give. I want this year for us to just give like never before, say to the Lord today.
Lord Jesus, I give you my life I give it back to you because of the greatest gift ever given to me. I give I give to my children I give to my wife my husband my family my whole my motorcar. I give I give my bank balance.
I give my work, my business I just give everything to you and then those multiple multiple things that so many people do folks. That's what this is all about the gifts. It is a make indeed a great picture of God's grace and the joy that picture is, it's not just for the few. It's for you to her doctor with an ace is been teaching and preaching now as he steps in the studio. Open your heart to 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 wanting 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 God on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today I repainted my sin. I confess my sin. And I invite you to come into my heart, my life, Jesus name if you prayed that prayer. Let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of God.
This is wonderful.
I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very cold so we can talk to Nick right place you can begin this wonderful if you just keep your life to Christ, maybe for the first time or to rededicate your life to Jesus.
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