EVERYONE IN THE NATIVITY WAS ON A JOURNEY FOR THE AGES
Joseph and Mary were on a journey to register for the census.
Because Joseph … had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
Luke 2:4, 5 (NLT)
The angels were on a journey to announce the birth of Christ.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby…. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:8-11 (NLT)
The Shepherds were on a journey for clarification.
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
The Maji were on a journey to find and worship the new king.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem …About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1,2 (NLT)
Herod was on a journey to eliminate the new king.
King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this….
Matthew 2:3 (NLT)
Jesus was on a journey to save mankind from our sin.
She will have a son, and you will name Him Jesus, which means “the Lord saves,” because this Jesus is the person who will save all of His people from sin.
Matthew 1:21 (Voice)
Here's a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15 (MP)
EVERYONE PRESENT TODAY IS ON A JOURNEY FOR THE AGES
4 Secrets Jesus Revealed to Keep You and I From Getting Lost
You can enter true life only through the narrow gate. The gate to hell is very wide, and there is plenty of room on the road that leads there. Many people go that way. But the gate that opens the way to true life is narrow. And the road that leads there is hard to follow. Only a few people find it.” Be careful of false prophets. They come to you and look gentle like sheep. But they are really dangerous like wolves... “Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God’s kingdom. The only people who will enter are those who do what my father in heaven wants.”
Matthew 7:13-15, 21 (ERV)
1. THE EASY ROAD ISN’T ALWAYS THE RIGHT ROAD. v. 13, 14a
2. GETTING LOST IS A REAL POSSIBILITY. v. 14b
3. NOT ALL DIRECTIONS ARE GOOD DIRECTIONS. v.15
I trust Jesus because of the evidence.
Evidence found in scripture.
Evidence found in history.
"I am not crazy, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things. So I can speak openly to him. I am certain he knows everything that has been going on. After all, it was not done in secret.
Acts 26:25, 26 (NIrV)
I trust Jesus because of the road He traveled for me.
The road from heaven to earth.
The road from Jerusalem to Golgotha.
4. GETTING MY DIRECTION IS USELESS UNLESS YOU FOLLOW MY DIRECTION. v. 21
It is in the plan that all men die once. After that, they will stand before God and be judged.
Hebrews 9:27 (NLV)