December 12 2021

Using the Least

Speaker: Ed Wright

The Lowly

Why would God use the least of the world in that day to accomplish this part of His plan?

27  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  28  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  29  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.       1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (ESV)

The Announcement

8  And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  10  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15  When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  16  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:8-20 (ESV)

  1. God has become a baby.
  2. He is born in Bethlehem, the city of David. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 (ESV)
  3. He is called Savior.
  4. He is Messiah, who is Christ the Lord. 24  I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” … 58  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  John 8:24,58 (ESV)
  5. The sign of the truth of this message: the baby in a manger.

All Were Amazed!

“thaumazo” – Greek word meaning amazed, marveled, full of wonder or astonished.

Will We Be Amazed this Christmas?