Christmas Day Thoughts

Any of you who have spent long years in the churches of Christ, as I have, likely have the same background regarding Christmas. Christmas was rarely brought up within the worship or planning of the church. This is due to the intent of our churches to “speak where the Bible speaks” and, as we know, the Bible doesn’t suggest any type of Christmas observance.

But it does record many facts about the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Certainly there are reasons these facts are recorded and it is good for us to occasionally review them.

It is also good to have lessons and discussion on topics that are trending in the world around us. What topic is more on people’s minds this time of year than the different facets of Christmas, both Biblical (I hear the expert is Linus from the Peanuts comic strip) and materialistic (aren’t HD TVs the reason for the season?).

I have said all this to explain how the sermon topics over the last month have been selected. First we dealt with the idea of gifts. Everyone was in the gift planning and buying mode at that time. The Lord instructs us to “desire the higher gifts” so we need to know what those are. Then we dealt with the idea of the name Immanuel, the prophesied name that means “God with us.” God certainly came into the world that night 2014 years ago, but he promised also to “be with you to the end of the age.” Therefore “God with us” (Immanuel) is true today as much as it was then. Last week we dealt with joy. That is a much misunderstood theme of the year-end holidays and therefore a much-needed topic for teaching.

Today’s topic approaches the birth of Christ from a very familiar one, but one that perhaps is not expected on a day like today, that is, on Dec. 25.  The premise of today’s sermon is illustrated by one of the newer Christmas carols, “Who Would Send a Baby?”  When you think of why Jesus came into the world, you have to wonder why he would come the way he did.

What’s that? You don’t know why I would say such a thing? Have you read Jesus’ words in Luke 19:10? “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” How was a baby expected to carry out such a mission? Well, that’s where we are starting this morning as a sermon subject. Why not come along and hear the rest of the story? We hope to see you at the Brentwood Church of Christ building at the corner of Walnut and Balfour in Brentwood CA. Our worship assembly begins at 10:45 a.m.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by brentwoodpreacher on December 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

    P.S…
    Tonight (Dec. 25) at 6:00 we will be looking at that prophesy of Immanuel in Isaiah 7 and related prophesies in Isaiah 9 and 11 regarding the coming of the Messiah. Hope to see you then!

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