Luke 2 Jesus, Christmas and You, Part 1: Find His Place in Your Story - Pastor David McGee

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Luke 2 Jesus, Christmas and You, Part 1: Find His Place in Your StoryBible

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Pastor David McGee

Date Taught: December 20, 2015

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Life Lessons
Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

The enemy wants you to look at church as a bother not as an encouragement to do well. The church will help you to stay focused and be faithful, and not fearful.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

Find His place in your story, then find your place in His story.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

In the Bible, there are appearances of Christ in the Hebrew scriptures to people. Since we know that people cannot look at the face of God the Father and live, this must be God the Son. An appearance of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures is called a 'Christophany'.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

Jesus was with the Father at the beginning, and also made several appearances to mankind in the Hebrew Scriptures before He appeared here on Earth.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

The part of you that desires friendship and fellowship is the part of you created in the image of God.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

Anytime you think of yourself as anything less than a "God created masterpiece", you are not believing the Word of God, not being thankful to God and destroying the beauty of God's masterpiece.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

The problem and friction come in because God's masterpiece is born with sin, into a sin stained world.

Life Lesson (Luke 2:)

There is a calling to tell the Christmas story and there is a blessing in telling the Christmas story.

Verses Referenced
Luke 1:38 NKJV
Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Matt 1:18-25 NKJV
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
Isa 9:6 NKJV
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
John 3:16-17 NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Rev 1:8 NKJV
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Gen 1:1 NKJV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 18:1-3 NKJV
1 Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 3 and said, "My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.
Gen 18:13-15 NKJV
13 And the Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son." 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh!"
Gen 18:32-33 NKJV
32 Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of ten." 33 So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
Gen 19:1 NKJV
Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
Gen 32:24 NKJV
Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
Gen 32:26 NKJV
And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks."
But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"
Gen 32:28 NKJV
And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."
Gen 32:30 NKJV
So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
Josh 5:13-15 NKJV
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?" 14 So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come."And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?" 15 Then the Commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.
Josh 6:2 NKJV
And the Lord said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
Gen 16:7-10 NKJV
7 Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai."
9 The Angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand." 10 Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude."
Gen 16:10 NKJV
Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude."
Dan 3:24-25 NKJV
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?"
They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
25 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Dan 3:29 NKJV
Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this."
John 1:1-5 NKJV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:10-13 NKJV
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14 NKJV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Gen 1:3 NKJV
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
Gen 1:5 NKJV
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:26 NKJV
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
Eph 2:10 NKJV
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:10 NLT
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Acts 4:12 NKJV
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4:18 NKJV
So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Rom 10:13 NKJV
For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Luke 15:10 NKJV
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
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