The Baby That Was More Than a Baby
1. THE NAME OF THE BABY
A) An Appointed Name
B) An Appropriate Name
2. THE NATURE OF THE BABY
A) A Miraculous Conception
B) A Gracious Condescension
3. THE NEED OF THE BABY
A) The Problem of Sin
B) The Provision for Sin
This past Wednesday, December 17th, marked the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight. The occasion was marked by several festivities, special guests such as President Bush, and an attempt to re-enact that first flight in a replica of the Wright Flyer. Weather conditions spoiled the ceremony and 100th anniversary flight was not as successful as that first flight that lasted 20 seconds and 40 yards.
The story is told that on that December day in 1903, after the Wright brothers were successful in getting their ''flying machine'' off the ground, they telegraphed the message to their sister Katherine: ''We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.'' Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, ''How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.''
That editor totally missed the big news--man had flown! It is no different with Christmas. People get so involved in buying gifts, attending dinners and parties, and all the many things that are associated with Christmas, that they forget the big news is that Jesus Christ, God's Son was born. It was no different in the days Jesus was born. Taxation was the big news. Yet, the big news was that Jesus had been born. His birth was the news story of the ages, but then, and now, people miss the big news of Christmas.
The year was 1809. The international scene was tumultuous. Napoleon was sweeping through Austria; blood was flowing freely. Nobody then cared about babies. But the world was overlooking some very significant births. For example, on the English continent William Gladstone was born that year. He was destined to beco ...
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