Christmas (Disrupted)

Sunday, 6. December 2020

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

6 For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Joseph & Mary
Luke 1:30-31,34-38 (TPT)

30 But the angel reassured her, saying, “Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift.

31 You will become pregnant with a baby boy, and you are to name him Jesus.

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34 Mary said, “But how could this happen? I am still a virgin!”

35 Gabriel answered, “The Spirit of Holiness will fall upon you and almighty God will spread his shadow of power over you in a cloud of glory! This is why the child born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

37 Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!”

38 Then Mary responded, saying, “This is amazing! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her.

The Business Owner
Luke 2:6–7 (TPT)

6-7 When they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary went into labor, and there she gave birth to her firstborn son. After wrapping the newborn baby in strips of cloth, they laid him in a feeding trough since there was no available space in any upper room in the village.

The Shepherds
Luke 2:8-9,11-12,15-18,20 (TPT)

8 That night, in a field  near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks.

9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified!

11 For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah.

12 You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!”

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15 When the choir of angels disappeared back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go! Let’s hurry and find this Word that is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the Lord has revealed to us.”

16 So they ran into the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a feeding trough.

17 Upon seeing this miraculous sign, the shepherds recounted what had just happened.

18 Everyone who heard the shepherds’ story was astonished by what they were told.

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20 The shepherds returned to their flock, ecstatic over what had happened. They praised God and glorified him for all they had heard and seen for themselves, just like the angel had said.

The Wise Men
Matthew 2:9-12 (TPT)

9 And so they left, and on their way to Bethlehem, suddenly the same star they had seen in the East reappeared! Amazed, they watched as it went ahead of them and stopped directly over the place where the child was.

10 And when they saw the star, they were so ecstatic that they shouted and celebrated with unrestrained joy.

11 When they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, they were overcome. Falling to the ground at his feet they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure boxes full of gifts and presented him with gold, frank-incense, and myrrh.

12 Afterward they returned to their own country by another route because God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

Dealing With Disruption
1. Be A “PPP" (Positive Pandemic Person)

 

2. Don’t Let Go Of God’s Promises

 

3. Receive The Gift Of Jesus

 

John 3:16 (TPT)

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.