The Greatest (Undeserved) Gift


The Greatest (Undeserved) Gift

December 23, 2018 by Do Swenson, Sam Younger, Scott Claybrook
Passages:Luke 1:18-20, Luke 1:67-80

Sermon Synopsis

Every year at Christmas (advent season), we have the privilege of taking time out of our busy lives to slow down and really meditate on the goodness of God that came in the form of a baby.


“Advent” means “coming”. Over Church history, we have always celebrated with deep affection the “coming” of our King. As we embark on this Christmas season, we eagerly look forward not to a baby but a Victorious King in the Second Coming.


We encourage you and your family to join us for a special seres of daily devotionals from Luke 1:26-2:38 prepared by your pastors. We will look at the key themes that come from “advent” that cause our faith and hearts to come alive this Christmas.


Catch our #Advent18 devotionals here:

Luke 1:18-20

18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

Luke 1:67-80

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.