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December 11, 2016

Sermon: Gifts at Christmas: From Elizabeth and Mary

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Scripture Lesson

Genesis 25:21-23; Luke 1:39-45

Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is to be this way, why do I live?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.’

Mary Visits Elizabeth
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gifts at Christmas: From Elizabeth and Mary
Genesis 25:21-23; Luke 1:39-45

I. Introduction—Barney and Clyde
II. Series: Gifts at Christmas
III. Who is Elizabeth? (Luke 1)
     A. A relative of Mary (1:36)
     B. Mother of John the Baptist
IV. What do Elizabeth and Mary give? (Luke 1:39-45)
     A. The visit (1:39)
         B. Radical trust
          1. Elizabeth’s trust
                 a. Of her child (1:41; Gen. 25:22)
                 b. Of God (1:41-42)
         2. Mary’s trust of God (1:45)
         3. Inversion (1:43; Gen. 25:23)
     C. Prayer (1:41-42; Gen. 25:21-22)
V. What can we give?
     A. Visits
     B. Radical trust
     C. Prayer
VI. Conclusion: Memorial service on Christmas Eve (Luke 1:41, 44)


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