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Good News, Great Joy

Charles Price

Christmas brings to us the story of the birth of Jesus—a cosmic story that is bigger than you and me.  In John 1:1, speaking of Christ, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Whenever the beginning began, He was already there. So history began before the beginning. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the A and the Z of the Greek alphabet. He’s the beginning; He’s the end. You’ll only find its meaning when you start to connect and become integrated with the big story.  And that happens when you become related to God, you connect with God, and you come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Why do so few people do that?

Messages From This Series:

Charles Price opens the book of Matthew to the story of the men from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem in search of a newborn king that turned out to be Jesus Christ. These men in the story were on a search. And many of us today are also on a search—for meaning and purpose. We are assured in Matthew 11:10, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-2:12

We love the Christmas story. Every year we revisit it, but whatever happened to the peace on earth part? Was it just an idle, sentimental hope, a dream, wishful thinking, escapism, unrealistic? What is this peace? Jesus spoke about this later in his own life and ministry in John 14:27, speaking to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Notice the contrast there: The peace the world gives is external, but the peace Jesus gives is internal. The diagnosis of the Bible is that the biggest problem we have in our world today is not out there. It’s in the human heart.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-2:14

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