Episode Notes

God’s Plan Over Christmas – Ps Kerrin Wallis [16/12/2018 AM]

Key scripture

Luke 2:1-7 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

  • This is the key Christmas passage.
  • Christmas is an eternal plan set forth in eternity involving our eternal destiny.
  • So much had to fall into place for God’s plan to come to fruition.
  • God’s plan for us involves God working all things together for good for us.
  • The story of Christmas tells us much about the people involved -their character, nature, faults, traits, etc.
  • Christmas story tells us what God is like.

1. Gods plan involves surprises

  • Mary was surprised.
  • Joseph was surprised.
  • The census had a surprise travel aspect of 129 km.
  • Herod wanting to kill your baby is surprisingly frightening.
  • Gifts from wise men was a surprise.
  • Angels were a surprising part of God’s plan.
  • Random shepherds rocking up at the birth was a surprise.
  • We may be surprised at God’s plan but God never is!
  • Your life has surprises for you but not for God.
  • Christmas tells us we can trust God despite the unexpected happenings in our life.
  • We can trust that if God had a plan from Genesis to Calvary, He has a plan for us.
  • Ask God at Christmas about His plan for your life.
  • Track into God’s GPS.

2. God’s plan will always involve perfect timing

  • We can trust God’s perfect timing in our life.
  • Archery teaches us that arrows require flex to get to their target, without the timing of the flex it will miss its target.
  • Life involves the flex of God’s timing for things to come together in God’s timing.
  • God is precise in His timing.
  • Today’s perfect timing is not dependent on external circumstances.
  • Joseph in the Old Testament saw God’s plan outworked despite the unjust circumstances that came against him.
  • He understood God’s timing was perfect and he was prepared to commit to God’s plan, timing and promises.

3. God’s plan involves God’s power

  • God orders the powerful Caesar to fit into His first Christmas plan.
  • He can organise our Government to fit into His plans today too.
  • God is not intimidated by things going on in our world.
  • He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to see His promises and plans fulfilled.

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.

  • God’s power is only limited by our faith.
  • We must be willing to involve God’s power in our lives.
  • Christmas is the story of a powerful God sending His son as a baby.
  • God’s plan is backed by His sovereignty and power.
  • Nothing can stop His plan as we trust Him in our lives. With all its surprises, imperfections, injustices and challenges God will outwork His plan in your life as you trust His grace, purpose and power.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss the statement “We may be surprised at God’s plan but God never is!”
  2. Do you feel that you can trust God’s perfect timing in your life?
  3. Why do you think that God’s power is only limited by our faith?