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The Favor Of God At Christmas

There is a thread that runs throughout the entire Christmas story. In fact, you might even say it is the central theme of the Christmas story. That theme is the favor of God. You see this thread of God’s favor weaving together the work of God in the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the angels, the shepherds, and the Wise Men.

When Elizabeth discovers she is to have a child in her old age, she proclaims, “The Lord has done this for me. In these days he has shown his favor” (Luke 1:25a).

When Mary comes to visit Elizabeth some months later, she shouts in praise, “Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43).

When the message of God came to Mary to tell her she would give birth to Jesus, his message from God began with these words, “Greetings, you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you…you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:28, 30).

When Jesus was born, the angels proclaimed His arrival to a group of startled shepherds with these words, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

Jesus is the sign of God’s favor on earth among God’s people.

Christmas is the season of God’s favor.

Do you know what the favor of God means?

Favor is “unusual kindness given by God enabling you to accomplish far more than you ever could achieve on your own.

God’s favor breaking in and blessing all of humanity in Jesus Christ is the thread that runs through the Christmas story.

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