How We Should Celebrate Christmas by Ken Trivette

HOW WE SHOULD CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
Ken Trivette
LUKE 2:1-18

1. CHRISTMAS WAS FIRST CELEBRATED IN THE YEAR 98, BUT IT
WAS FORTY YEARS LATER BEFORE IT WAS OFFICIALLY ADOPTED AS A
CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL. IT WAS NOT UNTIL ABOUT THE FIFTH
CENTURY THAT THE DAY OF ITS CELEBRATION BECAME PERMANENTLY
FIXED ON THE 25TH OF DECEMBER. UP TO THAT TIME IT HAD BEEN
IRREGULARLY OBSERVED AT VARIOUS TIMES OF THE YEAR - IN
DECEMBER, IN APRIL, AND IN MAY, BUT MOST FREQUENTLY IN
JANUARY.

2. EVEN THOUGH CHRISTMAS HAS BEEN CELEBRATED FOR HUNDREDS
OF YEARS, NOT ALL HAVE LOOKED FAVORABLY ON THE CHRISTMAS
HOLIDAY. THE PILGRIM FATHERS, WHO CONDEMNED ALL CHURCH
FESTIVALS, SPENT THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA WORKING
HARD ALL DAY LONG AMID COLD AND STORMY WEATHER, AND
COMMENCED THE BUILDING OF THE FIRST HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH 1620.

3. CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD BUT IN
DIFFERENT WAYS. IN FRANCE CHILDREN PUT THEIR SHOES IN FRONT
OF THE FIREPLACE SO THAT FATHER CHRISTMAS CAN FILL THEM.

4. IN SPAIN PEOPLE DANCE AND SING IN THE STREETS AFTER
MIDNIGHT MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. IN ITALY THE FAMILY PRAYS
WHILE THE MOTHER PLACES A FIGURE OF THE BAMBINO (CHRIST-
CHILD) IN A MANGER. IN DENMARK, NORWAY, AND SWEDEN,
CHRISTMAS DINNER INCLUDES RICE PUDDING THAT HAS A SINGLE
ALMOND IN IT. ACCORDING TO TRADITION WHOEVER GETS THE
ALMOND WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR.

5. IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND DECEMBER COMES DURING THE
SUMMER SO MANY PEOPLE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS BY GOING TO THE
BEACH.

6. THE QUESTION I WANT TO ASK IS HOW SHOULD WE AS BELIEVERS
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? I BELIEVE THAT AS WE LOOK AT CERTAIN
ONES IN THE BIBLE WE CAN LEARN HOW TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.

1. HOW THE SHEPHERDS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS!

1. IN LUKE 2 WE READ THE STORY OF THE SHEPHERDS. NOTICE HOW
THESE SHEPHERDS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS.

A. THE MESSAGE THE SHEPHERDS RECEIVED.

1. WE READ IN VERSE 8: "AND THERE WERE IN THE SAME COUNTRY
SHEPHERDS ABIDING IN THE FIELD, KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR
FLOCK BY NIGHT."

2. THESE WERE NOT ORDINARY SHEPHERDS AND THE FLOCKS THEY
WERE WATCHING OVER THAT NIGHT WERE NOT AN ORDINARY FLOCK.

3. THESE SHEPHERDS WERE THE ONES THAT HAD THE CARE OF THE
SHEEP THAT WOULD BE OFFERED AS SACRIFICIAL LAMBS IN THE
TEMPLE.

4. IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT THESE SHEPHERDS WERE THE
RECIPIENTS OF THE MESSAGE THEY RECEIVED FROM THE ANGEL OF
THE LORD. NOTICE THE MESSAGE IN VERSE 10-11: "AND THE ANGEL
SAID UNTO THEM, FEAR NOT: FOR, BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD
TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL PEOPLE. [11]
FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A
SAVIOUR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD."

5. IT WAS A MESSAGE OF GOOD TIDINGS. IT WAS A MESSAGE OF
GREAT JOY. IT WAS THE MESSAGE THAT THE SAVIOUR HAD BEEN
BORN.

6. THE NAME "SAVIOUR" MEANS "DELIVERER." JESUS CAME TO THIS
EARTH TO BE OUR DELIVERER FROM SIN, SATAN, AND HELL. I
SUBMIT UNTO YOU THAT THIS IS A MESSAGE OF GOOD TIDI ...


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