Why Do We Celebrate the Birth of Christ?
1. In this passage of Scripture we have recorded for us the birth of Christ. We find the same story given in the Gospel of Luke. The Bible says in Luke 2:7, "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
2. Every December 25th, the world recognizes the birth of Christ. And, I might add, whether or not people choose to acknowledge Jesus as the "Reason for the Season," when they, by their participation in the festivities - whether it is in the giving of gifts, the tree, the presents, or in the parties they attend, the fact that they participate in any way, shows that December 25th is a significant date...it reminds everyone that Jesus was born on this day.
a. It is impossible to get away from it. Our calendars are dated by the birth of Christ. The reminder of Jesus' birth is everywhere. It is on your calendar, on your watch, on your birth certificate. I was born on April 4, 1945 years after Christ.
b. Even the unbeliever must submit to this dating system - it's on his driver's license, his marriage license, and it will one day be on his grave - the year he was born and the year he died...all dated to the birth of Christ.
3. And one final thing before we get into the message, for those who like to ruin the sprit of Christmas by saying, "no one knows for certain what day He was born," I would like to say to them, "You are just like Scrooge."
a. They miss the point, don't they? The point is that He was born. And whether or not it was December 25th doesn't matter. And if you don't celebrate it on December 25th, when do you celebrate it? If you celebrate your own birthday, then you certainly ought to celebrate Jesus' birthday - He is, by far, more important than you or me.
4. Let me give you're a three-point outline:
a. We celebrate His birth because it happened.
b. We celebrate His birth because it was unique
c. We celebrate His birth because it accomplished something
I. FIRST, WE CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH BECAUSE IT HAPPENED
1. In vs.18), The Bible says, "Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise..."
2. Friend it really happened. Matthew, chapter one, tells us how it happened, when it happened and where it happened - it's dated by the generations mentioned in the first part of the chapter, and the Bible tells us where it took place: Chapter 2:1, says it was in "Bethlehem of Judea."
A. There is more evidence for the birth of Christ than there is for you or me:
1. The angels were there, the wise men came from the east, the shepherds came from watching their flocks, and even the innkeeper was there. The truth of the matter is that there must have been multitudes of people who came to see the Christ child:
a. This was a significant happening - even King Herod sent word to locate Jesus. Of c ...
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