He Came To Destroy
“When we declare the name of Jesus we speak his Identity…we start to discover ours.”
Matthew 1:20-23 (NLT) 20 An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
Immanuel: GOD IS WITH US.
Because He is Here is with us we have…
1. Residing Hope.
Hopelessness cannot exist in his presence.
Colossians 1:27 Christ in you the Hope of Glory.
Colossians 1:27(TPT) Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!
“The same hope that Mary carried now carries us.”
2. Sustaining Peace
Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its peace will never end....
3. Everlasting Connection(between God and Man.)
Hebrews 8:10-11 I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already.
“The greatest gift Jesus could give you was his life. The greatest gift you can give him is yours.”
John 1:1-5 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 (TPT) This Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom— the Light that darkness could not diminish!