All of my messages this month are built around the theme of Christmas and the meaning of the birth of our Lord. Tonight I'm going to talk about, Don't Miss Christmas. Whatever you do, don't miss Christmas! I'll explain what that's all about.
Luke 2, verse 15 will get us started and then we'll move to some other Scriptures. This is the visit of the angels to the shepherds. After the angels had gone back to heaven it says in verse 15, "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
I don't know if you have read the book by John Grisham, Skipping Christmas. I would recommend you read that book. I think it will probably become a Christmas classic. I think it is a book that people will go to year after year. It is the rather hilarious story or account he told about a family that decided they would just quit Christmas and not have Christmas at their house. It's not a long book but he goes into it and all of the complications and difficulties that came because they decided to skip Christmas.
It is one thing to skip Christmas as a choice you are going to make, but it is another thing to miss Christmas altogether.
One Christmas we were on our way to celebrate Christmas with some family members. We were driving through a particular town and came by a motel. There was only one car at the motel. As I saw that one car at that motel on Christmas morning, I couldn't help but wonder who was in that motel? Why were they there? Were they there all alone? Is that where they would be that day and would they miss Christmas?
Unfortunately, there are some people who do miss Christmas. There are some people who do not understand the meaning of Christmas and they miss it altogether.
When you study the New Testament about the birth of the Lord and the different groups of people arranged around the story of the birth of Jesus you will find that there were some people who missed Christmas in those days as well. They remind us of some modern day counterparts. Think about the innkeeper at the inn in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Look back up in that seventh verse and it says, "And she (Mary) brought forth her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn."
I'm not placing blame on the innkeeper. He's not specifically mentioned there, just a reference made to the inn. So I'm not heaping a lot of scorn or blame on the innkeeper. We don't really know how he figured into the matter. All we have is this statement that there was no room for them in the inn. That may be the ...
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