The Birth of Jesus Christ

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The Birth of Jesus
A Savior Is Born!Lesson One: Jesus is for Everyone!

The Birth of Jesus

6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 NIV

Shepherds and the Angels

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8-11 NIV



When Jesus was first born He was not revealed to great kings, but to the shepherds in the fields. Shepherds were lowly and were considered spiritually unclean to even worship in the synagogue. Shepherds were at the bottom of society.

The manger was a food trough made for animals to eat out of; not very fitting for a King. This is one of the first hint/references of how Jesus would be food (the bread of life) for mankind.

As soon as Jesus is born almost everything you need to know is told here! As soon as Jesus is born we are told,

· “Do not be afraid.” This is a common theme repeated many times in the Bible. · We are also told that Jesus is the “Good News.”

· That God is for ALL people. · And that Jesus is the Savior.

We will now look at each these important messages, which are found in the Gospel of Luke.

Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary: Shepherds and the Angels



Do not be afraid."

Fear is the opposite of Faith

One of the main things that the Bible often tells us is: “Do not fear,” “Do not be afraid,” “Fear not!” We worry about the small things and we worry about the big things; we worry all the time! After 9-11-01 the Office of Homeland Security even has the National Terror Alert System of Level Green, Level Yellow, Level Orange, and Level Red just so we can know just how scared we are!

In the summer of 2004 we are afraid of mosquitoes and catching West Nile Virus. We are also afraid of catching the flu because of the shortage of flu-shots this fall. We are afraid of things that are so small we can’t even see them: Ebola, small pox, anthrax, and of catching Aids, and the coming of the Bird Flu.

We are afraid of large things so far away we can’t even see them! We’re afraid of comets, asteroids, and meteorites hitting the earth making humankind extinct like the dinosaurs!

Lightening, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes (after Huuricane Katrina 2005 category 5), volcanoes (Mt. St. Helen 1980), earthquakes (the 2010 earthquake in Hati), mudslides, and now we have a new terrifying fear; the Tsunami in 2004. In late 2008 to early 2009 we fear that we are in a Recession/Depression.

In 2009 we now have a new/old fear; Pirates (Yes, Pirates!)and also in 2009 the Pandemic Swine Flu (World Health Organization Level 4; now level 5 4/30/09).

In September 2014 we have the Fear of the Ebola Virus a deadly kind of hemorrhagic fever that has showed up for the first time in the United States. Today in 2014 we have fears of Ebola here in Dallas, Texas. We felt safe as long as the Ebola Virus was far away in Africa; but now that it is here in America... Now we are concerned.

We also have fears from the Enterovirus that is mysteriously killing children across the country.

We also have fears from ISIL/ISIS a extreme radical Muslim Minority Terrorist that has beheaded American hostages and has murdered many innocent civilians including men, women, and children. (These Terrorist do NOT represent most Muslims. Their version of Muslim is a perversion of a gentle and kind faith.)

We are afraid of Recesssion/Depresssion, losing our jobs, losing our home, and life savings. We fear that gas prices and interest rates will go up and that stocks will go down. We fear for loved ones serving in the military.

We are afraid of Alzheimer, cancer, car accidents, plane accidents, loneliness, and fear of dying. We are afraid of terrorist attacks, dirty bombs, nuclear war, nuclear winter, global warming, killer bees, and Mad Cow Disease. We are afraid of the bogeyman under the bed or hidden in the closet. Do we really think that our government can protect us from everything?

I do not put my faith in politicians and governments. I put my hope and my trust in the Lord. I do not put my trust in the hands of man. I put my trust in the hands of God.



Jesus Calms the Storm

Mark 4:35-41
Matthew 8:18,23-27
Luke 8:22-25

35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

41They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" Mark 4:35-41 NIV



4:35 On that day Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. Mark 4:1-2 He taught them many things in parables: Parable of the Sower, A Lamp on a Stand, Parable of the Growing Seed, Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4:3-34

4:35 “Let us go across to the other side.” They went (to the East) across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. – Mark 5:1 Though the disciples obediently followed Jesus, this is no guarantee of smooth sailing; there will always be storms in our lives.

4:36 And leaving the crowd behind

4:37 A great windstorm arose Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, the Sea of Galilee is particularly susceptible to sudden, violent storms. Cool air from the Mediterranean is drawn down through the narrow mountain passes and clashes (collides) with the hot, humid air lying over the lake. NIV Note 4:37

and the waves beat into the boat, 7’ waves have been reported. Most people including fishermen of this time were afraid of the water and did not know how to swim.

Four of the disciples were experienced fishermen: Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee and his brother John. – The Calling of the first Disciples Matthew 4:18-22

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; Jesus was weary and exhausted from his teaching to the crowds earlier and was getting a well-deserved sleep.

"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" The disciples were scared to death; they were panicked and afraid of imminent death. Jesus was not bothered by the storm! What does all of this mean? Was Jesus oblivious to their danger and suffering?

Was Jesus indifferent? Did Jesus care? Does God ever seem distant? Had the disciples thought that since they were Jesus’ disciples with Jesus they were impervious to bad things happening?

God brings both the sunshine and the rain. Had the disciples forgotten that it rains on the righteous as well as the wicked? Did the disciples have a false sense of security, a false sense of their importance, and a false sense of their righteousness?

How often are we right in the boat with Jesus (we go to church, pray, etc.), and Jesus is in our presence but we don’t see him, and have fear? Can Jesus be right in our midst, even in the center of our lives (or the center of the boat) but we don’t see him? Why can’t we see that we are safely in God’s hands?

4:39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. God is never in a panic! Jesus teaches us that he is the God creator who is in absolute control over everything.

Should the disciples have waited until the storm got life threatening to call on Jesus or should have the disciples called on Jesus earlier? Did the disciples wait until it was almost too late to call on Jesus? Do we do the same?

4:40 He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" Why are we afraid? Where is our faith? Did the disciples understand that Jesus, God was in control? We like to think that we are always in “control.” Why is it hard for us do give up our perceived control up to God? Are we rebellious and arrogant? Fear is the opposite of Faith. We always have a choice: Fear or Faith; which do you choose?

4:41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" Do we recognize that God is really in control? Are we filled with “awe” or with “complacency”?

Who then is this…? The Son of God! The disciples had seen Jesus as a teacher, a healer, and as a miracle worker, but now they recognized Jesus as the very Son of God. Jesus Christ calms the storms; Jesus brings calm to the chaos. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Jesus used the storm to teach his disciples to recognize and to know who he was. Jesus uses the unpredictable storms in our lives to plant seeds of faith so that we do not have to be afraid!

We often cry out in despair at the last moment when we reach the end of our rope. (See: The Mountain climber) In our despair we struggle with our limitations and weaknesses. But whenever we pray, Jesus is always willing to help us, to meet us, whenever and wherever we are!

"Don't be afraid because I have saved you.
I have called you by name and you are mine."

Isaiah 43:1 NIV

...because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:6 NIV



Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary: Jesus Calms the Storm


Shelter From the Storm
Lyrics by Bob Dylan





“Good News of Great Joy.”

The Good News of the Gospels

This is the best part of the message,
and it only took one:
he died for what he loved,
and what he loved was you!

A band called attack attack. It's called "bro Ashleys."
Submitted by my grandson Scott.





God Loves You!
And there is Nothing You Can Do About It!

Gospel from the Old English godspel, “good story” or “good news,” which accurately translates the Greek. The good news is that God has provided salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
NIV Note: Mark 1:1

Jesus Heals the Sick Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching, in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Matthew 4:23 NIV

Teaching, Preaching, and Healing was Jesus’ threefold ministry. The synagogues provided a place for him to teach on the Sabbath. During the week he preached to larger crowds in the open air.
NIV Note Matthew 4:23

The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
Matthew 11:5 NIV

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him.
Luke 8:1 NIV

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they (the disciples) never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Messiah)
Acts 5:42 Amplified Bible

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Acts 10:36 NIV

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Luke 4:18-19

And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.
Acts 4:8-12 Amplified Bible

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2 NIV

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing people. The disciples later went from town to town teaching, preaching, and healing. Healing is more than just healing the body but healing the mind, the spirit, and the soul. Today we are Christ’s disciples; we are the ones to follow the example of Christ; we are the ones to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to teach, preach, and heal from town to town; to the ends of the earth. It is the responsibility of every Christian to proclaim the Good News of the Gospels, the Great Commission to the world:

“Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.


And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV


For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version





The Good News of Jesus Christ

· The Birth of Jesus Christ

· The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ

· The persecution, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ.

· The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

· Our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ.

· Salvation through Jesus Christ.

· Eternal Life through Jesus Christ.

· The Holy Spirit is with us today as our Comforter, Helper, Friend, Advocate, Counselor, and as the Triune God, The Holy Spirit.

The Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified;
a stumbling block to Jews
and foolishness to Gentiles.

1 Corinthians 1:23 NIV





Savior

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11

“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11:25 NIV


“I am the way and truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6 NIV


“...blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed.”

John 20:29 NIV


The Cross

Some crucifixes have Jesus on the Cross and some crucifixes do not have Jesus on the Cross; what is the significance?

· Jesus Christ on the Cross is a Christian icon symbolizing Jesus’ obedience, suffering, and God’s love for us:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NIV



The empty Cross represents the Hope that comes from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus has not been defeated; Jesus has defeated Death.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NIV



Christ has Risen. He has Risen Indeed.

Jesus has been glorified. God is not a god of the dead, but is the God of the Living, the Living God.

· Jesus came back with love, compassion, and forgiveness of our sins.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NIV



Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

... because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6



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