Intro: Away in a manger the song.
A. We decided use a word play on the a song written in the 19 century to help us get ready for Christmas this year
B. We separated the “A” form Away and we get an actual historical reference to Christianity in the early church.
C. Jesus As ‘The Way’
Colossians 1:19-20 - For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
I. A way to begin
B. It is a gift
Acts 3:19 (NIV) - Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
II. A way in
A. Jesus death and resurrection
Romans 5:18–19 NLT - Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
B. Realizing who we are
Romans 8:1 NLT - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Colossians 2:13–14 NLT - You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
III. A way up
A. New life in Christ
B. The power to obey
Philippians 2:13 NLT - For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
IV. A way for you
Luke 2:1–10 NLT - At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
Luke 2:11–20 NLT - The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
A. A way for you started on Christmas.
John 3:16–17 NLT - “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Matthew 11:28–30 NLT - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
He is your way in a manger. Jesus came to give you life. That means life after death but it also means life right now. He has made a way for you to have a right relationship with God. All we need to do is confess that we have sinned and turn away from those sins physically, mentally and emotionally and give our lives to Him. He will give you a new name. A new life in Him.
John 1:12 NLT - But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.