THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM – Colossians 1:15-20 ESV, Pastor Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor

The Star of Bethlehem

Isaiah 9:6 ESV

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Micah 5:2 ESV‬‬

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.

Isaiah 7:14 ESV‬‬

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Why would Heaven’s King trade majesty for a manger?

Why would our Creator choose a Cross?

Love came down at Christmas!

His heart and mission was to set those captive to sin and it’s punishment free by taking the punishment for us!

The Star of Bethlehem

Colossians 1:15-20 ESV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

God did not put His gift under a tree but on a tree.

2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV‬‬

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP‬‬

Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!

John 1:1-5 ESV‬‬

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:9-14 ESV

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let Earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room

Gifts to the King