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TOPIC:      Jesus’ birth and salvation message
SCRIPTURE:  Gen.12:2, 49:10; Num.24:17; Dt.18:15-18;
.           2Sam.7:12-16; Ps.2:6, 110:4; Is.7:14;
.           Mic.5:2; Mt.1:1,2,16,18,23, 2:6, 21:5,11;
.           Lk.2:3-4; Jhn.18:37; Acts3:22-23,
.           Gal.3:16; Hb.5:6-10, 6:19-20
Style:      a flexible Christmas program with
.           scripture readings, soliloquies, and songs.
.           ANNA (older woman in 80s), SIMEON (older man)
Props:      scroll, Bible

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SONG 1    “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
.          by Edmund H.Sears, and Richard S. Willis
.          (particularly verse 4)

JOSEPH     To an Israelite, genealogy is very important.
.          Even though there hasn’t been a king on
.          the throne for many years, one keeps hoping.
.          And Israel’s hope lies within the prophecies
.          of the expected Messiah.  Both my wife, Mary,
.          and I - come from the line of Abraham,
.          Judah, and King David. So any child of ours
.          would have been able to legitimately
.          and rightfully take the thrown of Israel –
.          along with many other offspring
.          from many OTHER families.  Except that -
.          the Messiah had to be the perfect King
.          to bring about perfect peace.  To be perfect?
.          Well, this is just not possible with mankind –
.          So what was most astounding about our
.          firstborn – Jesus – He didn’t come from me -
.          He came from God - God the Father.
.          Jesus is God’s only Son.  Jesus was and IS God.
.          Part of the Holy Trinity.  How worthy is that?
.          How else could someone from our genealogy
.          bless all the nations of the world for all time.

(I would suggest the New Testament reader to follow     2
quickly, but the Old Testament reader can take
a slight pause before beginning again.)

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being from the line
.          of ABRAHAM - is found in Genesis (12:2) –
.          “And I will make you a great nation, and
.          I will bless you, And make your name great;
.          And so you shall be a blessing...”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Galatians 3:16 –
.          “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham
.          and to his seed He does not say,
.          ‘And to seeds,’ as referring
.          to many, but rather to one,
.          ‘And to your seed,’ that is, Christ.”

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being from
.          the line of JUDAH - in Genesis (49:10) -
.          “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
.          Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
.          Until Shiloh comes,  And to him
.          shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Matthew 1:2 –
.          “Abraham was the father of Isaac,
.          Isaac the father of Jacob, and
.          Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.”
.          This genealogy leads to verse 16 –
.          “by whom Jesus was born,
.          who is called the Messiah.”

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being from
.          the line of DAVID in 2 Samuel (7:12-13) -
.          “When your days are complete
.          and you lie down with your fathers,
.          I will raise up your descendant after you,
.          who will come forth from you,
.          and I will establish his kingdom.
.          He shall build a house for My name,
.          and I will establish the throne
.          of his kingdom forever.”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Matthew 1:1 -
.          “The record of the genealogy of Jesus
.          the Messiah, the son of DAVID,
.          the son - of Abraham.”

SONG 2     “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
.          by Charles Wesley, and Felix Mendelssohn
.                                                       3
MARY       Before we were married, an angel appeared
.          to me to explain that I would conceive
.          and bear a Son, and was to name Him Jesus.
.          The angel went on to say that - He will be
.          great and be called the Son of the Most High;
.          and the Lord God will give Him the throne
.          of His father David;  and He will reign
.          over the house of Jacob forever.
.          (humbly looks down a moment, remembering)
.          Joseph found out that I was expecting.
.          Naturally, he wanted to do the right thing,
.          but God sent an angel - to him - to explain
.          that this Son was of the Holy Spirit.
.          I don’t know, how ELSE can one believe
.          that this could even happen – except -
.          through the power of God’s word?

OT READER  The prophecy of the virgin birth
.          is found in Isaiah (7:14) - “Therefore
.          the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
.          Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear
.          a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Matthew 1:18
.          “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:
.          when His mother Mary had been betrothed
.          to Joseph, before they came together she was
.          found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.”

SONG 3    “Angels We Have Heard on High”
.          traditional French carol

SHEPHERD   I was with a group of shepherds one night,
.          when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared.
.          It was very bright and - very frightening.
.          But the angel told us not be afraid, because
.          there was good news - of peace and great joy –
.          for... everyone.  Even including us –
.          outcast members of society.

(SHEPHERD continues humbly.)

SHEPHERD   We were told that we would find the Savior,
.          Christ the Lord, as a baby, in a manager -
.          in the city of Bethlehem.  Then the sky lit up
.          with angels all giving glory to God.
.          As soon as they were gone, we all decided
.          we HAD to go straight to Bethlehem
.          to see this great and awesome thing.
.                                                       4
OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being born
.          in Bethlehem is found in Micah (5:2) -
.          “’But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
.          Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
.          From you One will go forth for Me
.          to be ruler in Israel
.          His goings forth are from long ago,
.          From the days of eternity.’”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Luke 2:3-4 –
.          “And everyone was on his way to register
.          for the census, each to his own city.
.          Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the
.          city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of
.          David which is called - Bethlehem, because
.          he was of the house and family of David.”

SONG 4    “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
.           by Charles Wesley, and Rowland H.Prichard

MAGI       Throughout the ages, we had the word
.          passed down to us.  We knew of the prophecies
.          told about the coming of the King of kings.
.          So when we saw His star appear,
.          we set out with a large caravan – in search
.          of Him.  Finding ourselves in Jerusalem,
.          we stopped to ask King Herod where
.          this King of the Jews had been born.
.          He was unaware - and questioned us,
.          asking us to send word back to him
.          once we had found this Child King.
.          After continuing our trek, once again,
.          the star led us to Jesus.  With great joy
.          we spent time worshiping and honoring Him.
.          Then being warned in a dream not to go back
.          to Herod, we returned to our homeland
.          by another way.  We knew this Child
.          had a great purpose to fulfill - which would
.          impact people of all nations - for all time.

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being a King is
.          found in Numbers (24:17) and the Psalms (2:6) -
.          “I see him, but not now;  I behold him,
.          but not near; A star shall come forth from
.          Jacob,  A scepter shall rise from Israel,
.          And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,
.          And tear down all the sons of Sheth.”
.          “But as for Me, I have installed My King
.          upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
.                                                       5
NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  John 18:37 -
.          “Therefore Pilate said to Him,
.          ‘So You are a king?’
.          Jesus answered,
.          ‘You say correctly that I am a king
.          For this I have been born,
.          and for this I have come into the world,
.          to testify to the truth
.          Everyone who is of the truth
.          hears My voice.’”

SONG 5    “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
.          by Henry W. Longfellow, Jean Baptiste Calkin
.          (particularly verses 4 and 5)

ANNA       I am Anna, the prophetess,
.          daughter of Phanuel,
.          of the tribe of Asher.  As a widow,
.          I have served at the temple,
.          with fasting and prayers,
.          day and night.  Never leaving.
.          Oh, how I longed to see the Messiah,
.          the coming of our King,
.          the Great Prophet-
.          who would not only speak to His people
.          with the message of hope and salvation,
.          but would BE our hope and salvation.
.          And then - I saw Him.
.          When Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus
.          to the temple where I served.
.          At the very moment I happened upon
.          them, I began giving thanks to God.
.          And continued to speak of Him – to all those
.          who were looking for the redemption
.          of Jerusalem.  This is the great news
.          of redemption - for all people.

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being a Prophet
.          is found in Deuteronomy (18:18) -
.          “I will raise up a prophet
.          from among their countrymen like you,
.          and I will put My words in his mouth,
.          and he shall speak to them
.          all that I command him.’”

NT READER  Prophecy fulfilled.  Matthew 21:11
.          “And the crowds were saying,
.          ‘This is the prophet Jesus,
.          from Nazareth in Galilee.’”
.                                                      6
SONG 6    “Once in Royal David’s City”
.          by Cecil F. Alexander, Henry J. Gauntlett
.          (in particular verse 4)

SIMEON     The parents of Jesus were obedient
.          to the law of Moses.  Accordingly,
.          after eight days had passed,
.          Joseph named the baby –
.          and Jesus was circumcised.
.          Accordingly, after thirty-three more days,
.          Mary completed the days for - purification.
.          And accordingly, after this –
.          a sin offering...
.          Joseph and Mary presented an acceptable
.          sacrifice of two turtledoves, because
.          they could not afford to present - a lamb.
.          Were they aware at that moment,
.          that JESUS – was the Lamb of God –
.          who would one day – become
.          the ultimate sacrifice - for ALL sins?
.          For many years, while serving in the temple,
.          I, Simeon, so longed to see
.          the consolation of Israel.
.          One day the Holy Spirit had revealed to me,
.          that I would not see death
.          BEFORE I had seen the Lord’s Christ –
.          our Messiah.  And there He was – in my arms –
.          when Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus
.          to the temple to carry out
.          for Him the custom of the Law.
.          There in my arms, I blessed God,
.          saying- “Now Lord, You are releasing
.          Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
.          According to Your word;  For my eyes
.          have seen Your salvation, Which You have
.          prepared in the presence of all peoples,
.          And the glory - of Your people Israel."
.          I am just a priest.  Jesus –
.          is to be our High Priest –
.          to forever intercede for us
.          on our behalf.

OT READER  The prophecy of Jesus being a Priest
.          is found in the Psalms (110:4) -
.          “The LORD has sworn and will not change
.          His mind, ‘You are a priest forever
.          According to the order of Melchizedek.’”

NT READER  Prophesy fulfilled.  Hebrews 6:19-20 -         7
.          “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
.          a hope both sure and steadfast
.          and one which enters within the veil,
.          where Jesus has entered as a forerunner
.          for us, having become a high priest forever
.          according to the order of Melchizedek.”

SONG 7    “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
.          by Phillips Brooks, and Lewis H.Redner

INSERT:    short message from Pastor, then the
.          lighting of the candles and passing of the light
.          usually done while singing “Silent Night”