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A Real Life Christmas, Part 2 – Phil Thomas – December 10, 2023
Messiah = Anointed One, Promised Deliverer, Savior
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.
1. Through Abram’s offspring all nations will be blessed
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.
And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, “Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.”
Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”
2. God establishes a covenant with Isaac
Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen. It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
3. The nations will be blessed through Jacob’s family
. . .and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 Samuel 7:12-13
4. An eternal kingdom will come through David’s family
. . .and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
5. Out of Egypt I called my son
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”
6. Jesus foretold as a star and scepter
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
7. This will be a sign, a virgin will give birth to a son
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son.”
Luke 1:35 CEB
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
8. Out of you will come a ruler
When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
All scripture is from the NIV translation unless noted otherwise.