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Series: The Christmas Prophecies
This morning we are beginning a brand new series of "The Christmas Prophecies". And one of the things we ought to understand, the early church did not celebrate the birth of Christ. They celebrated the resurrection of Christ but they did not celebrate or make much of the birth of Christ. That is just what was important to them. The resurrection was the most important thing to them because the resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The birth of Christ is however very, very important.
But one of the reasons that they shied away from special days and special celebrations was because the Romans and the pagans had so many special days for their pagan gods that the early believers did not have that they attached to Christianity. For them every day was a celebration of the birth of Christ and everyday was a celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
So it was about the third century AD before the church really began to set aside a special day for the celebration of the birth of Christ, be fore they really began to observe what we call Christmas and set aside a day that they would celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.
December 25th is a biblical fact that day is not the birth date of the Lord Jesus. In all likelihood, the Lord Jesus was perhaps born earlier in the year, perhaps during the first quarter of the year. But be that as it may, the Christmas prophecies are very important. And the celebration of His birth is important in so far as we understand how important is the virgin birth of Christ and the incarnation of Christ that God was in Christ, that God and Christ were one. That God incarnated Himself in a human being.
The word incarnate, which we find in many of our hymns, is a combination of words, which means in flesh. Carnate in the Greek is the Greek word for flesh therefore in flesh means God in flesh. ...
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