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“That Little Baby”
Country Christmas Week Three
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Pastor Kris Freeman
Scripture: Luke 1:19-45 (NLT)
19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! 20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
The first chapter of Luke begins as a SORROWFUL story turns miraculous, as God is often involved in bringing children to those who have no hope of having them.
Zechariah was a Jewish prophet and his wife Elizabeth was not ABLE to have children. So God promises them, but Zechariah temporarily loses his ability to talk because he did not initially BELIEVE.
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Mary was the mother of JESUS.
Elizabeth was the mother of JOHN THE BAPTIST.
This is not the first, nor the last, time these two would be CONNECTED.
Your family is a gathering of impossible stories with incredible beginnings and UNFULFILLED purpose. While John (not the apostle or the Gospel writer) and Jesus had yet to grow and fulfill their earthly purpose, their mothers both knew how SPECIAL this story would be.
And Mary and Elizabeth had families a lot like yours!
What do you think the families of Elizabeth and Mary were like?
• Unbelievers who are living nowhere close to God
• Brokenness, shame and guilt with lots of unforgiveness
• Unresolved hurt
• Gossip and painful talk, arguments and fights
• Good people who love one another
• Saints who seem to tie it all together
God’s Word is a narrative of PROBLEM and PAIN turned into PURPOSE and a PLAN.
39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
One little baby was the forerunner to the Savior, the voice that cries in the wilderness, the preacher who would shout and proclaim the story of a lamb who would come and take away the sins of the world!
One little baby was the incarnate son of God, the holy one of Israel, he was Emmanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father and the government and all the world would sit upon his shoulders. He would grow, minister, heal and teach and give his life as a ransom for many and then on the third day after his death, rise again where he would sit at the right hand of the Father!
That little baby in a little Jewish town
One day will rule the universe and creation will bow down…
That little baby he was born of a virgin
He was sent down to save us and to bear every burden
He was God in the flesh, so let the Hallelujah’s ring
That little baby is the king.
That Little Baby, The Gold City Quartet, Revolution Church CCLI #3259924
What could happen to the smallest of beginnings in your life with the biggest of plans?