The Gift of God

Speaker: Herb McClelland

On Christmas Eve Sunday, Herb brings a timely message on the Gift of God which is Jesus

In Luke 2:10-11, an angel appears to shepherds in the fields, delivering the good news of the birth of Jesus. The angel reassures the shepherds, saying, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” The angel then announces the significance of the event, declaring in verse 11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” These verses highlight the joyous message of the birth of Jesus as the promised Savior and Messiah.

In Matthew 1:21-23, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, revealing the divine purpose of Mary’s pregnancy. The angel instructs Joseph to name the child Jesus, for he will “save his people from their sins” (verse 21). This emphasizes the redemptive mission of Jesus. The passage also quotes the prophecy from Isaiah 7:14, underscoring the fulfillment of the prophecy in the birth of Jesus: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) (verse 23). This highlights the miraculous nature of Jesus’ birth and emphasizes his identity as the promised Messiah.

In John 1:1-2, the prologue introduces the profound concept of the Word (Jesus). It declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (verse 1). This verse emphasizes the eternal existence and divine nature of Jesus. The passage further emphasizes the Word’s role in creation, stating, “He was in the beginning with God” (verse 2). 

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