Christ Himself (3 of 4) by Stan Coffey

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Christ Himself (3 of 4)
Series: God's Christmas Gifts
Stan Coffey
Luke 2:10-14

Christmas is about the giving of Christ, god giving His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to us. That is the greatest gift of all, Amen? God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. At Christmas time we celebrate the way in which God did that. The marvelous was way and plan that God chose to enter this world, and that is through the portals of a virgin's womb to take on human flesh, to be in this world to live a sinless life, to die a vicarious death, to be raised gloriously from the dead, and promised to come again one day.

Imagine if you will, a group of young people around a piano at Christmas time and they decide they are going to go caroling so they better practice some of the carols. So they reach for the hymnal and they begin to look for Christmas hymns and Christmas carols, but as they look through the hymnal the strangest thing occurs. They cannot find ''O come All Ye Faithful'', they cannot find ''Joy to the World'' or ''The First Noel'' in fact they can't find a single Christmas carol. You know if Christ had not come, we would not have a single Christmas hymn about Christ coming into the world. And as one of them says to the other, ''we can't find a single hymn about Christmas. Let's look in the Bible and see if we find anything there.'' And so they search through the Bible, the Word of God, and as they search they notice the Bible has not 66 books, but only 39. It has Genesis to Malachi and there is no Luke 2:10, there is no ''I bring you tidings of great joy'' or ''You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger'' because you see Christ has not come. He never came, it didn't happen. And so they begin to search through scripture and they cannot find anything about the miracles of Christ, about Christ raising the dead, or about Him touching blinded eyes, or about Him healing the lame. They can't find the story of the crucifixion or th ...

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