Speaker: Jerry Cisar | Book: Matthew

Preacher: Jerry Cisar

Imagine you were in Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. Maybe you were one of Joseph’s relatives that had also traveled to Bethlehem, or maybe one of the small number of residents. What did Christ’s coming impact you? In an immediate sense, it disturbed you.

Whether you were ignorant of the events, a relative of Joseph and Mary’s, or Joseph or Mary, your life was upended. It is true that Jesus is the hope of the world, but that hope came more like a pregnancy than a beautiful baby set in a basket on one’s doorstep. Like pregnancy, it was fraught with difficulty and would bring pain before it brought great joy! (For those new parents, I realize that all is not paradise once the baby is born!)

When God reveals Himself, it disrupts our lives and the coming of Jesus is God revealing Himself more clearly than at any other time. The coming of Jesus disturbs everyone in the birth narrative of Matthew.

Join us in worship as we celebrate the coming of Christ.

Handout: https://gccc-recordings.s3.amazonaws.com/handouts/20231224.pdf