Encourage0gram December 5, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Merry Mighty Christmas to all you all! We continue our study this week into the Christmas hymn, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” written by Charles Wesley not long after his conversion. Verse two shows us how the Savior came to earth. This is a miracle never to be duplicated. Verse 2: Christ, by highest Heav’n adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; Late in time, behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. The first two lines read: Christ, by highest Heav’n adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; This reminds us of the great statements of Paul in Philippians 2:6-8 NIV Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Jesus was worshipped in heaven before He entered a human body. This is because He is God as John clearly says in John 1:1 NIV John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Late in time, behold Him come, Jesus was not late or early, He came on schedule as it had been planned before time began! NIV Galatians 4:4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, Offspring of a virgin’s womb. The Virgin birth of Jesus was predicted by Isaiah NIV Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isa. 7:14 NIV) Then confirmed by Mary in Luke 1:31-35 NIV Luke 1:31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. These lines are the climax of the verse! Jesus is the Incarnate Deity. He who is God entered humanity, he became a human being. He became a man! He was pleased to do it and it is done. Now He is as Isaiah predicted: “Emmanuel” which means God with us! NIV Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 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 conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us"). We are blessed to learn sound doctrine from Charles- take a moment to sing this verse softly. Now offer a prayer of thanks to God for Jesus our Savior! Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Pastor Rick