'TWAS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
MATTHEW 4: 12 - 17
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JESUS CHRIST is living proof that God loves you. While Rome was
busy making history, God was busy revealing His story of love.
A weary world was still reeling in the wake of Alexander the
Great when the people who sat in darkness saw a great light.
That light, the light, was the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
John said, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness
did not comprehend it."
The New English Bible renders that, "The light shines in the
dark, and the darkness has never mastered it."
The world has tried and does try to master the Master. Trying
to do so is like trying to put a canopy over the sun. You can't
keep a bubble from rising to the surface in a liquid, you can't
unring bell, you can't unscramble an egg, and the world can't
master the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
An article "the" is not included in the title of this sermon by
design. "Twas night before Christmas." Before Christ came, it
might well have been sun, "Long lay the world..."
The world was in spiritual night before that night when Mary's
boy-child was born. It was as though the trumpeter of eternity
had taken his stand upon the turrets of time to herald the
Let every heart prepare a throne AND every voice a song.
Isaiah the prophet's words were echoed by Matthew:
"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light...Light
In Scripture the term "darkness", when used figuratively refers
to one or more of these three states:
DELUSION (Ephesians 4:18). The word ...
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