God’s Grand Story

Because God became a man in Christ, you can have eternal hope. In part 1 of Christmas 2023: The Story Within the Grand Story, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Ephesians 1:3-14.

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Study Notes


Christmas is a celebration of when God became a man in order that He might rescue us from the curse of sin and death.  It is at the heart of God’s Grand Story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.  The Son of God, Jesus Christ, willingly left His glorious heavenly throne and humbled Himself by taking on human flesh.  He lived a life of perfect obedience to the law of God, offered Himself up as a sacrifice for our sin, died, and was buried.  On the third day, He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over the curse of sin and death, and appeared to many.  He instructed His followers to proclaim the good news, and to watch faithfully for His return when He will fulfill all His Kingdom promises, render final Judgment, and then make all things new.  Because God became a man, we can have eternal life, peace, hope, light, and joy forever.  He is most worthy of our praise!

God’s Grand Story

Creation – Fall – Redemption – Restoration

Context for Our Text

In Christ, you have been…

  • blessed with every spiritual blessing
  • chosen unto holiness
  • predestined to adoption
  • redeemed by His blood
  • forgiven of all your sins
  • informed of the Grand Story
  • given an eternal inheritance
  • sealed with the Holy Spirit

Christmas: The Story within the Grand Story – Galatians 4:4-7

God the Father sent the Son, born of woman, to redeem YOU, adopt YOU, and bless YOU forever and ever!

Applying the Text

  • Receive the Son.
  • Keep Christ in Christmas!