Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Hebrews 10:23, Galatians 4:4–4:5, Luke 1:26–1:38, Luke 2:1–2:7, 1 Timothy 2:5–2:6
Hebrews 10:23 NIV
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Galatians 4:4-5 NIV
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Luke 1:26-38 NIV
In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.
Luke 2:1-7 NIV
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
The Uniqueness of Jesus
The supernatural conception of Jesus was not just a miracle, it was also a necessity. It was the only way the Son of God could become the Savior of mankind. Experiencing the love of God He came to bring means admitting our need for a Savior and submitting to the way of His salvation and not our own.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 NIV
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
The Choice We Face
When it comes to God’s promises in our own life, just like with Mary, we too are faced with a choice: submission or stubbornness? We either humbly trust God in what He’s asking us to do OR we stubbornly resist Him because we’re either too proud or too afraid. This applies to all areas of our lives like: forgiving someone who's wronged us; sharing our resources with those in need; speaking of our faith in Christ to others; seeking help for a personal problem.