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Happy Birthday Jesus (4 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: Take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at the very familiar chapter of the traditional Christmas Story if you would. Luke chapter 2, and this morning we are continuing in our series of studies on the life and ministry of Jesus that we've entitled, "One Extraordinary Life."
This morning, on this Sunday before Christmas, I want to share with you a message that I want to entitle, "Happy Birthday Jesus," because you know, that's what Christmas really is.
I mean, when you get past all the tinsel and trees, and the reindeer with shiny noses and the dancing Santa's - when you get down to what Christmas is really all about, you discover - you remember - that is about a little baby who was born in Bethlehem to save His people from their sin.
Christmas is a birthday party for Jesus!
ILLUS: One little girl put it this way:
When I think of Jesus' childhood
There's a thing I must get straight
If Christmas wasn't Christmas,
How did Jesus celebrate?
I know he didn't have a tree
With lights and all the trim.
I'll bet his mother, Mary,
Baked a Christmas cake for him.
She probably called it birthday cake.
With the candles all aglow.
Then little Jesus made his wish,
Blew 'em out with just one blow.
And little Jesus' friends were there
With presents they would bring.
Since they didn't have the carols,
What fun songs did they sing?
I'll think they sang the birthday song
And had all kinds of fun.
Then Mary cut that birthday cake,
A piece for everyone.
Since Christmas's still his birthday
I rejoice for Jesus sake:
I love the tree and lights and toys
And I'd like some birthday cake.
Christmas is Jesus' birthday!
So, here's what I want us to do. This morning, as we celebrate and commemorate Jesus' birthday, I want us to do something just a little bit different. I don't want us to focus on the baby's coming. (We've really talked about that for the past three weeks - the meaning and the manner of His coming.)
This morning I want us to focus on those who came to the baby. You know, there are always guests at birthdays - those who come to celebrate and those who come to commemorate.
ILLUS: A man asked his wife, "What would you most like for your birthday?" She said, "I'd love to be ten again." On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park - the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. She had a go on every ride there was. She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning. Then off to a movie theater, popcorn, cola and sweets. At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed. Her husband leaned over and asked, "Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?" One eye opened and she groaned, "Actually, honey, I meant dress size!"
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