Scripture Reference: Luke 1 & 2; Luke 2:16-20
What are some of your precious memories from Christmas?
Traditions have an important place in our holiday remembrances.
TESTIMONIES SHARED FROM CONGREGATION
“Mary treasured all these things in her heart:
All who heard wondered; were astonished; amazed . . . BUT MARY . . .
Treasured; kept in mind; defend; protect; preserve
What are the “all things” Mary treasured?
Really everything (1:5)
How God Prepared the Way - Gabriel to Zacharias
How God Provided the Way - Gabriel to Mary
How God Presented the Way - “an angel of the Lord” to the shepherds
each spoken through an angel and pointing us to Jesus
HOW GOD PREPARED THE WAY - GABRIEL TO ZACHARIAS
Luke 1:5-25; 57-66
God orchestrated through the priestly order; casting of lots to bless Zacharias and Elizabeth (Mary’s relative) to provide a forerunner
Zacharias and Elizabeth were past the child bearing years
Heard their prayers for a child
faithful to his word in the prophecy spoken through Malachi regarding sending Elijah
to turn and restore the hears of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers
He looked on me with favor and removed my disgrace
HOW GOD PROVIDED THE WAY - GABRIEL TO MARY
God worked through the civil authorities to move Joseph and Mary to the place of His providence and prophecy
to His promises and prophecy
greeting was saturated with grace
Mary’s song; Magnificat
Mary could also proclaim that the Lord removed her shame
HOW GOD PRESENTED THE WAY - '“AN ANGEL OF THE LORD” TO THE SHEPHERDS
His Grace - all poured forth and caused the multitude of the heavenly host to appear with the angel and praise God (v14)
These humble shepherds were given the privilege of bearing witness to the presentation of Jesus - the Way!
Their shame was removed - grace was poured forth
As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Jesus’ birth; be intentional; be deliberate
Treasure all these things
Ponder all these things
Share all these things