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It's Christmas Time (3 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: Alright, take your copy of God's Word and be finding your place at Luke chapter 2 if you will. This is the chapter that is traditionally considered to be the Christmas story, and so, this morning as we enter into the Christmas season, I want to continue in our series of studies on the greatest life that's ever been lived, the life of the Lord Jesus Christ by sharing with you a message that I want to entitle, ''It's Christmas'time.'''
(All week long I've had the words from ''Silver Bells'' running through my head - ''It's Christmastime in the city.'')
ILLUS: A dad told his kids that it was just over a week before Christmas. He and mom were doing everything possible to make this the best Christmas ever. Their little boy said, ''That's impossible! You could never top the VERY FIRST Christmas...''
Well, that VERY FIRST Christmas was no doubt so very special. And there are a lot of things we think we know about it, but we really don't.
• The Bible doesn't tell us Jesus was born on December 25th.
• The Bible doesn't specifically say that there animals present - but since He was born in a stable there probably were.
• Those magi, when they did come months later...we don't know that there were only 3.
• And the Bible never even mentions an inn-keeper, even though that poor old boy has been put through the ringer by well-intentioned preachers for over 2,000 years.
So, there are a lot of things that we think we know, but we really don't. BUT there are some things we DO know about that very first Christmas.
We know that
• Christmas is about God's giving. You see, in spite of what a lot of people, and even some pastors say -
o We don't give gifts because the Wise Men gave gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
o We don't give gifts because the angels gave praise
? or the shepherds gave worship
? or Mary and Joseph gave lov ...
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