The Greatest Story Ever Told (click here for audio)
What makes this story - the story of Jesus - the Greatest Story Ever Told?
1. It is a True story - see Matt. 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way..."
It took place exactly as we see it here in scriptures.
2Tim 3:16 all scripture is inspired by God...
2. It is a Divine Story - see John 1:1-2,14
The Trinitarian God is seen here. He is seen at Creation. Gen. 1:1 God, Spirit moved, let us make man (Jesus was there in the beginning (John 1:2-3)
At the baptism of Jesus - Jesus was there, the HOly Spirit was there, God was there (See Matt. 3:16-17)
At His birth - God the Father was speaking His message through angels; the Holy Spirit was there
3. It is a Human Story Matt 1:19 Joseph It's a story for us - see Luke 2:10-11
4. It is a Proclaimed Story Matt. 1:20 an angel of the Lord..
the shepherd got the message from angels; the shepherds tell other people
They came and worshipped Christ (experience Him)
They went and told the good news.
5. It is a Redemptive Story v.21 "save his people..."
1Tim 1:15 Gal. 4:4-5
6. It is a Fulfilled Story Matt. 1:22 "all this took place that it might be fulfilled"
7. It is a God-exalting story v.23 his name Immanuel