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See all of you out here even on the snowy morning. I believe that you are a part of the elect. If you showed up this morning, those people who didn’t make it because the snow we need to pray for their souls, alright, let it that includes my family from Providence. So up go ahead and open up your bottles this morning we’re going to open up we’re going to go to 1st Timothy as where we’re going to start today, 1st Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 16 1st Timothy Chapter 3 actually will begin reading inverse XIV Christmas. Let me remind you, it is one of the most wonderful time of the year amen. It’s the time we come together. We have two great holidays is Chris is Christian’s, Owensboro Church one is Christmas, everybody say Christmas II is Easter or Resurrection Day. Everybody say Easter to of the the most important pivotal doctrines that we believe as Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can teach our children through these holidays and they’re great signpost to let our kids know what God has done for us. That’S why we must be careful in America that we don’t allow the real meaning ofChristmas to be stolen from a cement. It’S what God has given us. Owensboro Church so we can teach our children and remind them again and again and again that Christmas is about Christ being born through the womb of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem. It’S about the Incarnation! It’S not about Saint Nick, it’s not about candy canes! It’S not about Christmas trees, although I’m not against all of those things I want, as our kids to understand the Christmas is about, Christ, amen, let’s pray and then we’re going to move right into the teachings of the word father. I thank you, Lord. That unto us a child is born unto us a son is given father. I think you love this so much. You gave the greatest gift that we could ever imagine by sending your son to be born into this world. I think your father that that birth has had great effect. It was an underground movement, began in a cave in Bethlehem and it’s taking over and it’s affected the lives of billions of people to date. I pray father of the increase of his government that there would be no InletYES Movement grow and grow and grow even grow amongst us in Owensboro through this season in the mighty matchless name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, amen, amen, amen, 1st Timothy chapter 3, verse 14. If you get their breed the Apostle Paul, he has a few words and then he tries his hand at poetry. Let’S see what Paul has to say verse 14. He says this these things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly, but if I’m delayed out right so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the Church of the Living God, the pillar And the ground of the truth, did you know that the local church is the pillar in the ground of the truth? It is the thing that God has given under the world to Steward over the mysteries of God. It’S the pillar and the ground of the truth. There, 16 years, what Paul says and without controversy great, is the mystery of godliness. Now we’re going to read the Apostle Paul’s poem, it would have sound more poetic in the original Greek. This is an English rendition, but it’s still a wonderful poem. He said, God was manifested in the flesh talking about the birth of Jesus Christ. Christ being born in the flesh, God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the spirit seen by Angels preached among the Gentiles believe, don’t in the world and received up in glory to that poem. Owensboro Church I say: amen, amen. What Paul says in verse, 16, he says great, is the mystery of godliness. Great is the mystery of godliness? Did you know that the faith that we bought into and we believed upon it – is more than just a set of rules and doctrinal statements? Are you aware of that, it’s more than just a point-by-point? We believe these 10 things making us good little boys and girls, and we can now call ourselves Christians. The faith that we’re a part of is a Divine mystery. Everybody say mystery one of the most dangerous things we can do a couple of times a year around Christmas and around Easter is to enter into the sin. I would call to send a familiarity. How many know you become so familiar with what we’re going to talk about around Eastern Christmas that you begin to turn the whole thing off, because you know I can remember going to church and knowing on Christmas and right around Christmas, we’re going to go sit and Listen to a preacher talk about little baby Jesus. You know here comes the little baby. Jesus talking, I thought I’ll brother. I know exactly what he’s going to say before I got there an Easter.
I used to feel the same way. So I know what he’s going to do is going to talk about the resurrection today and it became familiar to me and whenever it becomes overly familiar to you, be careful because you become too casual with the Holy things of God much today I want to bring The mystery of Christmas now wanted to live in your hearts again. Owensboro Church can you remember, being a child and just laying in front of a Christmas tree staring at it in all the hole in the lights in the ornaments and all its glory, and just thinking wow it in this wonderful? You know what it. What am I going to get? What’S going to go down, we’re going to drink eggnog and I’m going to get presents and I’m going to have tracks and there was a mystery to it. Let me tell you: the faith that we live in is a is a greater mystery. Great is the mystery of godliness greater than any tree or lights, or anything like that. The first mr. I want to talk to you about today is the mystery of Mary, Three Christmas Mysteries. Everyone say Mary now turn over to the gospel of St Luke, and I want us to read into study for a mom about one of the most mysterious people in all of the scriptures. The scriptures are shrouded with mysterious men and women. You have Adam the first man who walked with God in the cool of the day you have enough who lived in was taking and never tasted death. You have Elijah who came and lived as a powerful Prophet than Carried Away by Chariots of Fire. You have Moses spoke to God, face to face where Paul in the New Testament who was caught up to the third heaven you have John in the Book of Revelation, was in the spirit on the Lord’s day. You have Isaiah, who saw the Lord high and lifted up in the train filled. The temple of God is lips touch with a cold of fire, but my suggestion under you is it. There is no more mysterious person in the Bible than the Virgin Mary. Let me set the text on who Mary was and what she would have look like 2000 years ago. First of all, I want you to wipe away Western thought that Mary might have been a 25 or 6 year old woman married was probably more like 14 or 15. What’S the custom in Jerusalem in the surrounding region in those days that you would be really negotiation, what happened between a couple of fathers on who would get a wife and and the dad went out and traded for you alive? If you help me was a good Trader, he’d go out and any would barter with with another mother of a young lady and he would come home and you would have a wife promised under you. Everybody say: go dad. You know well Dad to do good on this deals like you got my life in your hands here, Dad so so. Owensboro Church Joseph’s father would have made negotiations with Mary’s father and they were betrothed they they would have been what have been married together. They were engaged and here’s what happens in Luke, Owensboro Church chapter 1, verse 26 Owensboro Church. Mary, this fifteen-year-old girl doing what other fifteen-year-old girls did in her life and all of a sudden, a mystery steps into her life. First 26. Now I’m a six-month! The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth and Angelica activity sent by God. You know that angels are creatures of war and message that I’m still in the presence of God from whenever he decided to created them, did they stood in the presence of God. You know I was listening. Some people talk about a church that had a bunch of female angels recently, and it just makes my skin crawl because angels are masculine. I meant alright, so these guys come up the Angels just a little bit of theology. For you there by the 6-month. The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee name Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph of the House of Mary. The virgin of the House of David, The Virgins name, was Mary and haven’t come in the angel said to her Rejoice, highly favored one. The Lord is with you blessed are you among women, but when she saw him she was trouble. That is saying it considered. What manner of greeting this was then the angel said to her do not be afraid Mary for you found favor with God and behold. You will conceive in your room and bring for the Sun and call his name Jesus, meaning salvation. He will be great and will be called the son of the highest and the Lord God will give him the Throne of his father, David and evil reign over the house of Jacob forever and up his kingdom. There will be no end, then Mary said to the angel. How can this be? Since I do not know a man she’d never had sexual relations and the angel answered and said to her. The holy spirit will come upon you and the power of the highest will overshadow. You, therefore, also that Holy one who’s to be born will be called The Son of God now indeed, Elizabeth. Your relative is also conceived a child in her old age, and this is now the six month for her who was called Baron for with God. Nothing will be impossible. Somebody say Amen to that.
Verse 38 been Mary, said behold the maid servant of the Lord. Let it be to me, according to your word and the angel departed from her, you have this young girl who’s about to get married, do an earthing living in life just passing through and all the sudden she has a Divine encounter. Her life becomes a mystery that, let me tell you Mary, was a wonderful woman of Faith, Owensboro Church amen because they’re afraid of the – and that is the worship of Mary is not God, Owensboro Church but she was the vehicle use chosen by God, blessed and favored by God to bring Jesus forth into the Earth, so this young girl was doing her thing now she was engaged. Have you ever been around women who are engaged before anybody in there ever been around a woman who’s engaged? I’Ve got one that works in my office right now. Tara Culvert right here, just raise your hand on it. Tara’S engaged and she’s to be married before too long and it works. He does her job. She keeps books around here and pays bills and does a great job, but I’ve noticed in recent there last month or so there’s this guy used over look in her eye all the time. So you know whenever we’re about to get married, Owensboro Church do you know what the abundance of their heart is? I’M about to get married? Didn’t it’s all I think about it’s all. They talk about so merry. I’Ve done this before and I’m going to do it again. Mary Mary’s living and she’s doing her thing and lives passing her by probably the only thing she’s thinking about you, some song playing in her head like this, I’m going to Mary Jo’s dududududu. Can you help me to do that this morning, I’m going to marry Joseph? Do do do do that! Well, Mad God blessed you with a gift there she’s living in all the sudden boom there. It is she’s going to marry Joseph all the sudden the angel appears Gabriel messenger. First of all, she seems afraid, because in Jewish culture, if an angel showed up in front of you years ago, they would have thought of the death angel whenever God delivered people out of out of Egypt and and she would have thought it was like the Grim Reaper coming to see her she’s scared. In the first thing he says his Don’t Be Afraid. You’Ve been chosen, your blessed your highly favored you’re, going to have the most high God in your room. The holy spirit’s going to come upon you you’re, going to have a child, even though you’ve never had sex with a man, and that shall be holy. He’Ll be salvation unto his people. Now that is Mystery, but I’m sure it is also shrouded in some fear. When you say young girls in a culture gets pregnant out of wedlock, Owensboro Church it could cost her her life. So before long she takes off to go to see Elizabeth, but got it already. Divinely, orchestrated and spoken to Joseph by an Angel says, Don’t Be Afraid, Joseph the child in her womb. It’S it’s of the Holy Spirit. I believe that Mary pondered these things in her heart, Hilda, great mystery, didn’t tell didn’t, discuss it with anybody, except maybe Joseph.
You know Mary Had other children after Jesus was born. I suspect she never set them down and had a talk with him and said: hey. Owensboro Church let me share something with you know your older brother, Jesus yeah he’s he’s God, you know. How do you do that? I suspect that she was probably forbidden by the spirit of God to speak of it with anyone. Can you imagine whenever mother’s get together? You know, I don’t know what mothers do when they get together. Maybe they have tea parties or something like that, but would mothers get together and they start talking about what different children do little Bartholomew as walking little Samuel is speaking, and maybe Jesus wasn’t doing those things yet and so merry what’s over and says we’ll Bartholomew might Be walking and Samuel, maybe speaking, but Jesus Is God In the Flesh. Let’S see you Tom, I don’t think that Mary ever even got to speak of this subject unto Jesus. I Think Jesus had to go through Divine Discovery to find out who he was and what his calling once the Bible says, he was tempted in every point, every placed just like you, and I are. How do you know that one of the one of the greatest Temptations people have in life is to be something that God hasn’t called them to be? So, finally, after after Jesus figures out who he was, maybe then marry again to speak to Jesus about what is calling was. Maybe she revealed this story under the apostles in the upper room after his death Brown Resurrection thinking now, I think it would be okay. For me to tell the story: Mary is a mystery, Owensboro Church the God would choose a fifteen-year-old girl, chooses the foolish things of the world. The Bible says to confound the wise 3 might bring for salvation unto you and under everybody say the mystery of Mary II mystery.
I want to talk to you about today. Is the mystery of the manger, The Mystery of the manger. I want you just turn over here. Just one chapter 2, Luke Chapter 2, Luke Chapter 2, verses 1 through 7, Luke, Chapter 2, verses, 1 through 7. Now you must be careful whenever we say the word manger, whatever I say means your: what do you think of most people think Jesus right? Owensboro Church That’s why I say swaddling clothes. What do you think of Jesus? Those two terms in the English language are almost used exclusively with Jesus. I was raised in the livestock industry and never did my father ever tell me to go out there and lay feed in the manger. Tell me to go light feed in the troughs. Once you understand that a Manger is a trough, amen alright Luke Chapter 2 Verse 1. Owensboro Church it came to pass in those days that a decree not from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This since is first took place while cornelieus was governing Syria. So all went to be registered everyone to his own City. Owensboro Church Joseph also went up From Galilee out of the city of Nazareth in to Judea to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was. It while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered when she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a Manger, because there was no room for them. In the end, Caesar Augustus was setting one day and the idea came through his mind as I want to find out how many people we have in Rome anyway. So I said we’re going to have a census of every person living in this Empire will text them while we do it and what we do is will send them all back to their native home. Now this came at a hard time for Joseph and Mary, who were AB little means, and one had to have made the journey from where they were living down to Bethlehem, Mary being great with child. So Joseph and her took off and they went on this journey and when they came to the city of Bethlehem and they arrive, they wouldn’t have had a lot of money and there was no in room to be found. And when you think of any man, I want you to get the idea of the Holiday Inn. Out of your mind. There wouldn’t have been Inns like that in Bethlehem. They would have been much different, and so they arrive and he’s looking for a room for his wife looking for somewhere, where she could lay down to have the child and she could find he could find no one till. Finally, he finds an owner of an intern who says I’ll. Tell you what I’ll do I’ll, let you go and I’ll let you stay in my stable and you can fun some it’s it’s not great, but it’s good enough for the animals. You and your wife can stay there for the night. Now, if you drive around town today, you’ll see wooden Stables built and in those wouldn’t stay, you’ll see three wise men.
Although the text never tells us how many wise men came, it only says they brought three gifts gold, frankincense and myrrh. Owensboro Church now that’s become what we think Christmas looks like, but if you knew much about well Israel there’s very little wood in Israel. There would have not been a wooden stable in Israel. The custom of the day would be to build a house upon a little Mound, and then you would come around to the side of that mount and you would dig out a cave in that cave will become the stable for your stock. Jesus wasn’t born in a wooden stable. He was born in a cave, so Mary comes down into that cave at night and all the sudden labor pains come upon her. She gives birth to this child and they bring out the king of glory prophesied to be born from the beginning of the scriptures, Owensboro Church every Jewish Prophet inscribe every wise man and Sage from the Israeli people. I’Ve been looking for the Fulfillment and this birth for years and years and years and when the Son of God was born here is a Divine mystery. Owensboro Church he was not born in a palace of kings and wrapped in fine Linens and silk. He was born into a cave one of the darkest places you can imagine and he was laid down in a hard Stone trough, wrapped in cloth. That was just found this crap, it’s a story so wild. It has to be true if I was going to write a story about the Son of God being born into the Earth. I would have had him born in An emperors quartz. Wouldn’T have you story doesn’t read like that says he was born into a cave. What is the mystery Christ being born into a cave? Is a symbol of him being born into the darkness of this world that he might live in in in the midst of the people of darkness, and those people who said in darkness would see a great light. Owensboro Church the prophets and prophesied it’s the mystery of the cave, it’s a symbol to mystery of the Mary, the of the manger. It’S a symbol of the great depths that Christ will go to to redeem you and to redeem me a meant. Do you know that Jesus Christ isn’t scared of Dark Places? Jesus Christ isn’t scared of bars. Jesus Christ, scared of people of suspect character in this world, all the jesus is reaching out off to people who are living in shrouded in darkness. Even now he’s not waiting at the front of the room with a good little boys and girls. He sets in the back where the boys and girls who are about to go to detention are seated he’s, not scared of the darkness. It’S the mystery. Everybody say of the manger, the third and final mystery I want to talk about this morning and it is one of my favorite things to discuss, and then I love every year, because I love to talk about the Magi love to talk about the wise men. Go ahead and turn over to the gospel of Matthew. The Gospel of Matthew. Chapter 2 want to talk to you about the mystery of the Magi Matthew. Chapter 2. We’re going to begin a reading inverse one. Some people would think that we might not know a lot about the Magi they’re Wise Men been called wise men, but we do know quite a bit about the wise man. The wise men were there. They were from Persia, which would be Modern Day. Iran Modern Day Iran, and they were followers of of an ancient religion from that part of the world and the guy who founded that religion was so Astor, and what these guy did much of their religion was about divining, meaning from the Stars. They would look for meaning they would look for truth and they would look from Revelation from what they believed was God in the stars. Now I understand that the scriptures clearly forbid are divining or trying to get words from the Lord From The Stars. You know that horoscopes and astrology, and all those kind of things are things that Christians are not be involved in at all mm, we’re Guided by the Holy Spirit. Not some knit at the newspaper writing something in there each and every day. So everybody say: don’t don’t look to the Stars, don’t look to the stars. Look to the scriptures amen, look to the spirit on the inside of you, but I also know that, even though these guys were pagans – and they didn’t perfectly understand everything about God – that God still wanted to draw them in so much into his kingdom that he spoke To them through the starry Heavens, let me tell you the story about it: Matthew, chapter 2, verse not after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Owensboro Church in the days of pair of the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying where is he was been born, King of the Jews, who have seen his star in the east in to come to worship him. When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled in all Jerusalem with him and when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea. For us, it is written by the prophet, but you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judith.
Proud of you shall come a ruler. Who will Shepherd My People, Israel, then head when he had secretly called the wise men determine from them? What time the star appeared and he sent them to Bethlehem and said going search carefully for the young child and when you have found him bring back word to me that I may come and worship him also when they heard the king they departed and behold the Star which they’d seen in the East went before them till it came and stood over where the young child was when they say rejoice with exceeding great joy. When they’re coming to the house, they saw the young child with marry his mother and fell down and worshipped him when they open their Treasures. They presented gifts, damn gold, frankincense and myrrh, then being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod. Owensboro Church they departed for their own country. Another way these guys were looking in the Stars. You know if you ever read this text and thought like or if you look at Christmas cards. Sometimes you see these three guys on camels and there’s this huge Hawking star just right over top of them, and I’ve always thought they would just like that. There’S this huge hunk and star. Why didn’t everybody else follow that you can start the whole world bars in the year 7 BC? Okay and actually, there’s been Chinese documents of what happened in the Heavenly ancient Chinese documents have been found. You can read about this in the book. The Star of Bethlehem, NBC Christ was born in the year 5 BC. Everybody say 5 right. Owensboro Church that sounds funny that Christ was born in the gear 5 years before Christ was born, and that’s because there’s a problem in the calendar. There was a month from the fifth century by the name of Dionysus, who did a very good job dating when Jesus was born. Except there were two exceptions: number one: we had no gears zero, there’s one BC, One ad, how many know Christ had to live in here before he became one right right. Second thing was: he did not know that Caesar Augustus went by another name for 4 years. He was, I believe, Octavian them became Caesar Augustus, so there’s a five-year Gap in the calendar year 7 BC. These Magi are looking into the Cars one night and all the sudden. This is found in ancient documents that there was some sort of conjunction in the stars. In the constellation of Pisces and these match, I would have interpreted it as something big is about to happen amongst the Jewish people, so they continue to look into the Heavenly, I believe for 60 some-odd days, and then there was a second son in the constellation of Pisces, which was a symbol under the magic of the Jewish people, there was another conjunction and they interpreted like this. They said a king is about to be born in Israel and another king is about to die 5 BC. Christ is born for BC, Herod dies, so they watch intently in Pisces for another couple years until. Finally, there was a Nova 2000 years ago, which appears like the birth of a new start right in the center of the constellation of Pisces and the Magi interpreted like this, the child, the King, has been born. Let us go and worship him. It’S a mystery to me. The God would call bunch of pagan worshippers of the stars and reveal himself to them and such a supernatural way that he might lead them on to himself. So they gather up gold, frankincense and myrrh. Owensboro Church they settle up their camels or whatever. They wrote, they took a 10-week trip from modern-day Iran to Jerusalem. They didn’t know that the child will be born in Bethlehem and they find themselves in the city of the king Jerusalem. They come before hair and they say: where is this child? We are here to worship. Him now heard was already scared that someone would take us trunk. He put many of his own family members under the unto death to secure his place in Israel and he finds out and he goes any calls the prophets and scribes and says: Where will the king of the Jews be born and they say in Bethlehem head since Those guys the Bethlehem and he says but come back, and let me know where he’s going to because Herod wanted to have him. Whacked wanted to have him killed the matter of fact that every child under 2 in Bethlehem killed after this occurrence, but Jesus have been taken down into into safety in Egypt, so they go look back down at your text. Matthew chapter, I believe it’s 2 hey in this. This makes sense, Matthew, chapter 2, verse 9 says when they heard the king they departed and behold the star which they’d seen in the East went before them tell it came and stood over where the young child was they’d, seen that star in the east, these ancient Records say because of movement of constellations in the heaven lies that star then disappeared. These guys traveled from the East all the way to Jerusalem and as they get ready to leave Jerusalem in her headed towards Bethlehem, that star would have reached its Zenith.
The top of its problems throughout the stars and whenever they looked up from the south, they saw more Divine confirmation. There was the star of the king of the Jews and it was leading them towards Bethlehem. Do you know the God will lead his people amen. Do know the Goblet, even people who don’t know him under where it his child Christ is a men, do know that God is calling people lower, Owensboro and all over Kentucky and all over the world and he’s showing them things through stars and showing them things through People and showing them things through many different ways just to bring them under the Revelation. The Christ is Lord Ruskin Florida hand, Cloud MN, he’s good he’s leading us he’s brought us some to Christ and I believe he will bring more people on the helm in a group of people who are far from God. The Bible says that Jesus died, that those who are near and those who were far might be brought unto him the Jew and the Gentile. The Magi are simple of the gym, a symbol of the Gentile World, which is you and I and – and we were far away from God – we’re far away from a Jewish born Jesus in Kentucky. Aren’T we, the Magi, Were Far Away geographically, they were from Iran. He was from Jerusalem, they were far away culturally, they were not Jewish, they were different people, they were far away religiously. They were from who you’re with the Hebrew scriptures and the Magi we’re not. There were only familiar with a so Astron what he had talked now. There were other people who were called into the manger, the shepherd’s they were near, they were near geographically, they were only a field away, they were near culturally, they were Jewish, Owensboro Church they were near spiritually, they seen the Hebrew prophets and they understood the prophecies Christ came. Any.
Did the Jewish world might be saved that the Gentile world might be saved? Those who are near could be saved in those that are far away could be safe. Why don’t we stand up for my feet this morning? Rejoice in the fact that he’s went to such a wild pursuit of man to draw you and me under an understanding of who he has, why don’t you just live to hand to heaven right now come on? Let’s worship the Christ today, let’s, let’s worship the Christ today, for one moment, Lord, we come together in this house and we worship you, we magnify you what we lift our hands. We lift our voices. We say thanks be to God glory to God in the highest. We thank you for Emmanuel for Christ with us Christ in us, but he’s close to us that he’s been born, that we are not in darkness that he came to a cave that we might have lights. We think you look all the young lady that we might live father. We think you think you’re calling people like the Magi right now round this world around our region through Supernatural signs and wonders your drawing them in so are we won’t forget who you are in the midst of Christmas, but we won’t. We won’t lose the mystery of everything. You’Ve done. What we think you did, this faith is shrouded in mystery. Great is the mystery of godliness. Great is the mystery of godliness. Owensboro Church now Lord allow us to be able to teach our family, our children, our friends wisely through this season. Let us be stewards over this mystery teaching, an actress in Clarity, father in Wonder, and all I pray that you would restore a sense of the all of this faith that we’ve been brought into into our hearts today. Now father as a Shepherd, I bless these. Your people, I thank you for them. I pray that you would lead them, God them that you would take them into the best for their life father. I pray they give them joy. In the midst of a Christmas season, father rolled it wrote that the Light of Christ which shine on their hearts, I say that they’ll dwell in the house of the Lord forever in Jesus mighty mighty name. God bless you Church.