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The Joy of Christmas (3 of 10)
God has so richly blessed us this year. And part of the joy of Christmas for me is the joy of being the pastor of this church. It seems that almost anytime we open the doors we have a great crowd and it is because our people love the Lord and that is why they come. Because they want to serve Jesus and they love Him so very much. And I can't tell you how much joy that gives me as a pastor to share this message with about "The Joy Of Christmas". I want to refer to the passage where the Bible says "fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people; for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord".
The Bible says "there were in the same country shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night." It was night on that first Christmas. It was night when Jesus was born into this world and I want you to know that not only was it night by the sun because the sun had gone down, but it was night in many other ways.
It was night politically when Jesus was born. For the world was under domination of the Roman hand. Those Romans who ruled with hand of iron, those Romans who said you will do it our way, which conquered the world. It was night politically. The world was ruled by a mad man. The Bible tells us in the days of Caesar Augustus it came to pass that all the world should be taxed. Imagine living in a world ruled by a tyrant, by a dictator. It was night politically.
Not only was it night politically but also it was night morally. Sin had so taken the grip of the Roman Empire that someone has said it was the most immoral day that the world has ever seen. It was night morally; it was night in the hearts of men and women in whose lives sin had come to rule and to reign ruthlessly.
But not only was it night politically and morally, but it was night spiritually. For it had been four hundred years ...
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