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The Catastrophe of Christmas (3 of 3)
Series: Christmas in Real Life
• What do you think about when you hear the word, 'catastrophe?' Do words like disaster, calamity, ruin, tragedy, and more come to your mind? Yet if we are honest, we tend to think of catastrophes completely on an earthly or humanistic plain. For instance, Hurricane Camille ('69) and Katrina ('05) would be classified as catastrophes and our thinking is about the loss of human life and property. Honestly, this is our normal thinking. But is the real loss in life and property or could there be a greater catastrophe?
• Let's illustrate it by thinking of catastrophes in scripture. When Adam and Eve sinned, many think the big deal was that they had to leave Eden, yet the real catastrophe was that they lost their personal relationship with God. Certainly it was a struggle when Cain killed able, but was the murder the major part of the catastrophic situation or was it that Cain attempted to approach God on HIS OWN TERMS instead of the Father's term? When the flood came, was the true catastrophe that all but seven people died or was it that only 7 people listened to and obeyed the voice of almighty God. We could go on and on through God's word doing a check on how we view tragedies and discover that the part of the circumstance which we 'thought' to be the most horrific was, while heart-wrenching, was not the worse part of the happening.
• With this as our background, have you ever considered that there could be a 'catastrophe' of Christmas? And that catastrophe is missed by many today. We find this almost obscured in the text which we read last week. Luke 2:7 - "Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough-because there was no room for them at the inn."
• Herein lies the 'catastrophe of Christmas', 'there was no room' and in large measure (and sadly), 'there is no room' for Jesus. Would you please ...
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