The Reason for the Season
Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-12
December 16, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In the gospel of Matthew, we have recorded the story of the birth of Christ. We find the same story repeated in the Gospel of Luke. In Luke 2:7b, it says, "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger..."
On December 25th of each year, our calendars remind us of the most important event in history, the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though the devil is doing his best today to remove any reminders of His birthday, you cannot get away from it. Whether it is in the giving of gifts, the Christmas tree, the presents or in the parties people attend, the fact that they participate in any way at all, shows that December 25th is a significant date. Even our calendars date the birth of Christ...the reminder of His birth is everywhere. It is on your calendar, on your driver's license, on your birth certificate. For example, I was born on April 4, 1945--1945 years after Christ. Now, some of you here this morning date back a little farther than that...
The irony is that even the self-proclaimed atheist must submit to this dating system--it's on his driver's license and his birth certificate, as well. And, one day, it will be on his grave--the year he was born and the year he died, all dated to the birth of Christ.
One final thing before we get into the message, for those who like to ruin the sprit of Christmas by saying, "no one knows for certain what day He was born," I would like to say to them, "You are just like Scrooge."
They miss the point, don't they? The point is that He was born. And, whether or not it was December 25th doesn't really matter. And by the way, if you don't celebrate it on December 25th, when do you celebrate it? If you celebrate your own birthday, then you certainly ought to celebrate Jesus' birthday--He is, by far, more important than you or me.
Please consider three th ...
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