She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel"—which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:21-23
EMMANUEL—GOD WITH US
1) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28
2) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 NKJV
3) GOD ____________ BE WITH YOU.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39
For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it's to honor the Lord. And if we die, it's to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8 NLT
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Matthew 7:21-23
1. Jesus calls the _______________ and _______________.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
2. Jesus calls the _______________.
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 …For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
WHAT DOES JESUS HELP US BECOME?
1. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:2
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3
2. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Happiness depends on _____________, but joy depends on ___________!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you… Luke 2:10-11 NIV
3. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
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 called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever… Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born.
A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORNING
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:20-26
A NEW DAY WITH CHRIST BRINGS
1) EXACTLY WHAT YOU _______________.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:24
2) THE _______________ TO KEEP GOING.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him… Lamentations 3:25
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
3) THE _______________YOU’RE _______________.
…it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26
…The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here… Romans 13:11-12