CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 25th December, 2020 THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH. Text: Matthew 1: 18-23. INTRODUCTION On behalf of my family, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and trusting God for an all round elevating 2021. This Christmas is unusual because it is taking place in an unusual year. May the Lord perform unusual deeds in our lives during this Christmas. Amen. The first Christmas began with the announcement of an unusual /miraculous birth and culminated in the performance or fulfillment of the miraculous birth of the one who is called Emmanuel. May this Christmas bring forth a miraculous birth for you and me. Amen. Looking into the Bible, you will find a rich heritage of unlikely pregnancies. It began with the story of Abraham and Sarah who were elderly and Sarah who was infertile, but she gave birth to Isaac in fulfillment of God’s promise (Genesis 17:15–19). Also, Isaac’s wife Rebekah was childless until God responded to Isaac’s prayer, resulting in the birth of Esau and Jacob (25:21–26). Jacob’s wife Rachel was unable to conceive (29:31) until God intervened and she gave birth to Joseph (30:22–24). Manoah’s wife was infertile but gave birth to Samson according to God’s promise (Judges 13). Hannah pleaded with God for a child and gave birth to Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1–20). In the New Testament, according to Luke 1, an angel announced that Elizabeth, who was elderly and unable to conceive (vv. 5–7), would bear a son named John (vv. 11–17, 57–60). These miraculous births produced significant people for the plan of God. It must be noted that John prepared the way for the most significant of all miraculous births, the birth of Jesus, born of a virgin, the most unlikely pregnancy of all. Miracles are God’s supernatural intervention in the affairs of men. At the end of this Christmas. May you have a testimony of a miraculous birth. Amen. (A) THE ANNOUNCEMENT- Luke 1:26-33. According to the Bible, the miraculous birth of Jesus began with an angelic announcement. Angel Gabriel visited Mary and announced to her that what has never happened before was about to happen to her. She would conceive and bear a son. Actually, this was a follow up to an earlier announcement by the Prophets in the Old Testament. Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14 had prophesied several years earlier the birth of a Son to be named Emmanuel, God with Us. The likely question is, can we truly say that God is with us with all these pandemic challenges? The true answer is God is definitely with us and may this be evident as we celebrate this Christmas. Amen. This also shows how God works, the operation of the Almighty i.e announcement before performance. I hereby announce a birth of a miracle for you and your household at this Christmas. There shall be a performance. (Luke 1:45) Amen. (B ) THE BIRTH. Luke 2:6-7. In divine agenda, the performance is as important as the announcement. Whatever God announced is as good as performed by Him. Against all odds and inspite of all the challenges, Jesus was born according to the pronouncement of the divine messenger. Our celebration today therefore is not as a result of the announcement, but as a result of the fulfillment of the announcement of a miraculous birth. You and I can celebrate that our Saviours who is called Emmanuel is born to save us from all our challenges. Jesus Christ is miraculous! As someone said, “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.” Our greatest need is God himself, so He sent us Himself, Emmanuel. God with us. Truly, joy to the world for the Lord of the world is born. Joy to the world, her savior is born . Only that the world should receive her King. The true King of the world is here. Halleluyah. Amen. CONCLUSION: Christmas is unique for it is the celebration of the miraculous birth. I believe strongly that this Christmas is designed to give birth to a miracle for you. It begins with the miraculous birth of salvation for those who are yet to be saved. If you are yet to be born again, resolve to experience the greatest miraculous birth a man can have, to be born again and be saved from satan, sin and shame. This is the purpose of the miraculous birth at Christmas. But also, if you desire any other miracle, may you experience such at this Christmas. Truly, miracles do happen at Christmas to those who are expecting it. I came across the story of a woman named who experienced miracles at Christmas. A certain company has a tradition of holding a party and a lottery every Christmas Eve. The rules of the lottery draw are as follows: each employee pays ten dollars as a fund. There are three hundred people in the company. In other words, a total of three thousand dollars can be raised. The winner takes all the money home. On the day of the lottery draw, the office was filled with a lively atmosphere. Everyone as usual is expected to have written their names on a slip of paper and put them in the lottery box. However, a young man by name Karl, hesitated when he wrote. Because he thought that the company's cleaner has a frail and sickly son who was going to have an operation recently, but she did not have the money to pay for the operation. This made her very troubled. So, even though he knew that the chance of winning was slim, with only a three percent chance, Karl wrote the name of the cleaner on the note. The tense moment came. The boss stirred the slips in the lottery box, and finally drew out a note. Karl also kept praying in his heart: I hope the Cleaner can win the prize...Then the boss carefully announced the winner’s name. It was the cleaner. A miracle had happened! Cheers broke out in the office, and the Cleaner hurriedly came to the stage to accept the award. She burst into tears and said I am so lucky! With this money, my son has hope to live ! As the party was in progress, while thinking about this "Christmas miracle", Karl paced to the lottery box. He took out another piece of paper and opened it casually. The name on it was also the name of the Cleaner ! Karl was sincerely surprised. He took out several pieces of the slip of papers one after another. Although the handwriting on them were different, the names were all the same. All of them were the names of the Cleaner ! Then Karl's eyes were redtears of joy. He clearly understood that there is a Christmas miracle in the world, but the miracle will not fall from the sky. People are required to create it by co operating with God. Are you expecting a miracle at this Christmas, go ahead and be an agent of miracle for someone and God will send an agent of miracle to you as well. This Christmas season shall not end until you experience the birth of a miracle. Amen. Shalom.
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