Christmas Future

December 17 2023

Topic: grace, humility, mercy

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55

We need to respond to God with Humility, Fear and Mercy

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Luke 9:23

3 Ways to Take & Carry Our Cross Daily

  1. Humble yourself before God
  2. Fear God – Trust Him
  3. Be Merciful to others – Sacrifice – Have Compassion

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7b

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20

16  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  17  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  18  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  19  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  20  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:16-20