Luke 1:39 – 56     Getting excited about Jesus

Many people are excited during this time of year

  1. They are excited to receive presents for no reason
    1. It is not your birthday
    2. It is someone else’s birthday
    3. Try going to your best friend’s birthday party and asking where your presents are!
  2. They are excited for family get togethers
  3. They are excited for church programs and specials
  4. They are excited to put up decorations
  5. They are excited about the TV specials
  6. They are excited for the Football games
  7. They are excited for the shopping trips
  8. They are excited for a few free days off work
  9. They are excited for the FOOD
  10. They are excited for……EVERYTHING….. EXCEPT THE ONE WHO’S BIRTHDAY WE ARE CELEBRATING!

Perhaps it is time we prepare for Christmas with a focus on CHRIST!

CHRIST-mas

We should reflect the time of this text and GET EXCITED FOR JESUS!

  1. Mary was excited that she was going to have Jesus inside her
  2. The unborn baby John was excited just to be close to Jesus
  3. Elizabeth was shouting because Jesus was coming soon

Why were they so excited?

  1. God is LOVE
    1. There is no hate or failure in God
  2. This is the season that we celebrate the GREATEST GIFT our HEAVENLY FATHER could ever give us
    1. The gift of His Son
  3. God is RAISES PEOPLE UP who LOVE Him
  4. NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE for God
    1. He made all things, Has authority over all things
  5. God is HOLY
    1. He is completely separate from evil and wrong
  6. God has great MERCY
    1. God LOVES to protect us from the PUNISHMENT we deserve
  7. God has great GRACE
    1. God LOVES to give His children what they DO NOT deserve
    2. God is STRONG – He is all strength
  8. God is JUSTICE
    1. Justice/Fairness/Right – Genuine respect for people
  9. God helps His SERVANTS
    1. We need a LOT OF HELP – We are a mess!
  10. God SPEAKS
    1. He speaks to us through
      1. His Word
      2. His Church
  • His Prayers (ours)
  1. His work in our circumstances
  1. God LISTENS
    1. He hears our prayers – even our GRUNTS
  2. GOD IS NOW COMING TO US IN FLESH AND BLOOD
    1. Not as a conqueror riding in a blaze of glory
    2. As a Baby, the very weakest of all flesh
    3. As One who will face the same world we face
  3. As One who will face the same temptations we face
    1. As One who will face the same tragedies we face
  4. As One who will face the same evil we face
    1. As One who will face the same MESS we face
  5. As One who will be VICTORIOUS over them ALL
    1. Because this is no ORDINARY BABY
      1. This is Jesus Christ – Creator, Savior, I AM
      2. This is a BABY worth GETTING EXCITED ABOUT

How should we respond?

  1. Get excited about Jesus
  2. MAGNIFY the LORD
  3. Rejoice in GOD our SAVIOR
  4. RUN to tell others about HIM!
  5. Celebrate HIS BIRTHDAY!
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