IT CAME TO PASS

Sunday Morning - December 22, 1996

Read: Luke 2:1-12

Text: Matthew 1:22-23 "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, [Isaiah, Isaiah 7:14] saying, 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

Galatians 4:4 "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman [her seed Genesis 3:15], made under the law,"

 Matthew -Jesus the Messiah, the king of Israel.

Mark - Jesus the servant.

Luke - Jesus the Son of Man.

Genealogy of Jesus Christ

In the genealogy of Joseph women are named (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba), but in the genealogy of Mary only men are named.

The genealogy splits for Joseph and Mary in Davidís family. Joseph is the natural regal line and Mary is the natural legal line. The regal lineage comes through Solomon the eldest surviving son of David and Bathsheba. The legal lineage came through Nathan the second surviving son of David and Bathsheba.

Two names are omitted in the regal lineage of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:11 "And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:" Jehoiakim and his son Jechoniah between Josiah and Jechonias. 2 Chronicles 36:8 "...Jehoiakim, ... abominations which he did, and that which was found in (on) him, ... and Jehoiachin (Jeconiah in 1 Chronicles 3.16) his son reigned in his stead." Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." It is believed that is was an idolatrous marks or tattoo on his skin.

Jechoniah whose name was changed to Coniah by cutting off the divine name "Je" (for Jah or Jehovah) Jeremiah 22:24 "As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;" Jechoniah was cut off. Jeremiah 22:30 "Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah." If Jesus was the son of Joseph, He could not prosper on the throne of his father David.

 JESUS HAD TO BE VIRGIN BORN OR HE COULD NOT PROSPER ON HIS FATHER DAVIDíS THRONE.

IT CAME TO PASS - ZACHARIAS

Luke 1:8 "And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,"

 Luke 1:23-24 "And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,"

 Luke 1:41 "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:" So was John.

Luke 1:15 "...he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his motherís womb."

Luke 1:59 "And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father."

IT CAME TO PASS - JOSEPH AND MARY

Luke 2:1-3 "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city."

 Ezra 1:1 "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, ... "

 Luke 2:6 "And so it was [IT CAME ABOUT, NASB], that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered."

IT CAME TO PASS - SHEPHERDS

Luke 2:15 "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

IT CAME TO PASS - PETER

Acts 9:32 "And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda."

 Acts 9:37 "And it came to pass in those days, that she [TABITHA = DORCAS] was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber."

 Acts 9:43 "And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner."

 Acts 10:9-10 "On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,"

PAUL

Acts 9:3 "And [IT CAME ABOUT, NASB] as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:"

 Acts 16:6 "Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,"

 Acts 16:9-10 "And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them."

SOWN ACCORDING TO FOREKNOWLEDGE

1 Peter 1:1-2 "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the [ELECT] strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."

 Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

 John 15:16 "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

WORKING TOGETHER

Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."