Text: Matthew chapters 1 to 4. The foundation of the Christmas story is found in Genesis. God’s intention was that the Garden of Eden would be expanded. Man was part of God, but when Adam sinned, he was separated from God. Jesus Christ’s birth was God’s way of getting man back to Himself. As born-again children we now can have God in us through Jesus Christ, and when God looks at us, He sees Jesus. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. The God part was when Christ went to the cross. Jesus had to be born of a virgin, so the bloodline would come through God. Jesus’ birth was the lowliest- a baby in a stable. Jesus studied the Word, even though He had a job as a carpenter. There were similarities of Jesus to Moses- babies being killed to stop the peoples’ redeemer, and there was a supernatural escape from Egypt. Like John the Baptist, we must decrease, so that Jesus can increase. Jesus needed to be water baptized, which Satan tries to stop. Satan also tried to steal the Word from Jesus when he tested Him (and he tests us these ways, too): he questions who we are, he plants doubt in God’s Word, and he offers us riches to sidetrack us. Speak the Word and get it into your heart and use the authority God has given you to rule and reign.