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24 December 2013

Sermon: Christmas Eve (Gospel)

24 December AD 2013
The Nativity of Our Lord

Title: God with Us (MP3 Audio)

Immanuel Summary: Immanuel — God is with us.

We don’t make ourselves one with Him. Rather, God took on human flesh, becoming one of us that He might make unite us with Him.

God is with us that we might be forever with Him. He is with us in Jesus Christ, in the preaching of the Christ’s Gospel and the eating and drinking of Christ’s body and blood. He is with us, “to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)” He is with us through death and into life everlasting.

We remain with God as we remain believers in His Son, attentive to the Gospel and faithful recipients of His forgiveness. We remain with God as we remain in Christ and Christ remains in us. We are with God that we might never be without Him and without hope (cf. Ephesians 2:12)”

What Child Is This? Text: Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.

And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of God with Us.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 110:1-4; Isaiah 7:10-14; 1 John 4:7-16

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