The Christmas Story
I READ ABOUT A YOUNG MINISTER AND HIS FIRST CHURCH. IT WAS CHRISTMAS TIME AND HE WANTED TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE THAT WAS BOTH ATTRACTIVE AND MEANINGFUL. SO HE DECIDED TO HAVE A CANDLE-LIGHTING SERVICE IN WHICH EACH
PERSON LIT THEIR CANDLE FROM THE CANDLE OF THE PERSON BESIDE THEM. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SERVICE, THE CONGREGATION SAT HUSHED,PONDERING THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT. THE YOUNG MINISTER THEN SAID, "NOW THAT EVERYONE IS LIT, LET'S SING JOY TO THE WORLD."
We are continuing our study in the Christmas story, and this morning we will examine the birth of the baby Jesus, and the exciting events that occurred during His birth! As we mentioned last week, the angels were working overtime during the birth of Christ as we will see again in this passage. We will also get a view of the Shepherds, and the role that they played in the birth of Jesus. This passage is the most well known in all the Bible because it describes the birth of Jesus, and we have the great privilege of looking at it today!
1- The Birth of the Savior
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
In the fall of 1775, the manager of Baltimore's largest hotel refused lodging to a man dressed as a farmer. The manager thought that his lowly appearance would discredit his Inn. The man left and found a room in another place. Shortly thereafter, the manager discovered that the man he had refused lodging was none other than Thomas Jefferson, then Vice President of the United States. Immediately he sent a note to Jefferson and invited him to return as his guest. Jefferson replied by instructing his messenger: "Tell him I have already engaged a room. I value his good intentions highly, but if he has no place for a dirty American farmer, he has none for the Vice President of the United States."
In much the same way, when the Lor ...
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