It Was the Birthday of a King by James Merritt

It Was the Birthday of a King
James Merritt
Matthew 1:18-25


Introduction

1. Ironically, the time of year called Christmas is a time of both celebration and separation. Because at no other time of the year is the Christian more separated from the world than a t Christmastime. The world celebrates a season, but the Christian celebrates a savior.

2. Whether this world likes it or not, and increasingly the world doesn't like it, Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of the lord Jesus Christ. Now there are some people who will be so drunk they will not know whose birthday it is. There are some people who are so devious they want to forget whose birthday it is, and there are some people who are so depressed a t this time of year they don't care whose birthday it is.

3. For the most part, the world will be throwing a big party, but they will forget to invite the guest of honor. Much of this world reminds me of a story of two women who were enjoying an expensive lunch in a downtown restaurant. It was obvious that they were celebrating some festive occasion.

4. When the waitress asked the occasion for the lunch, one woman said, ''we are celebrating my baby's birthday.''

5. But the waitress seeing no child said, ''where is the baby?'' the mother said, ''well, you don't think I would bring the baby do you? Why he would ruin the whole party.'' many people will throw office parties this Christmas, but they won't invite Jesus because he would ruin their party.

6. How would you feel if someone threw a birthday party for you, and at the party everybody got a gift but you? How would you feel if somebody threw a party for you, but you were not even mentioned, in fact, you were not even invited. We have managed to make Christmas a $15 billion industry.

7. Half of the toys sold in America are sold at Christmastime to the tune of $4.5 billion. Now I am not a scrooge, and there is nothing wrong with giving gifts and celebrating the season, bu ...


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