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The World's Greatest Story - Christmas Message

 The Greatest Story Ever Told                     (click here for audio)

Matthew 1:18-25

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

Colossians 2:9

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

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