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A White Christmas (4 of 4)
Series: The Colors Of Christmas
OPEN: (I began the sermon by leading the congregation in singing "White Christmas")
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white.
APPLY: White Christmas is THE Christmas song of the United States. It was originally recorded by Bing Crosby back in 1942, and it became so popular that he had to re-record it in 1947 because the masters became worn beyond use.
Its popularity had a lot to do with the fact that America had just gone to war. Our people found themselves in a confusing and unstable world - loved ones being shipped off to the battlefront, not knowing if they would ever see their families again.
And so this song had a powerful impact on American soldiers. They dreamt of a white Christmas when they could come home again. And WHEN that "white Christmas" came, all would be merry and bright.
For centuries, the Jews had dreamed of their own "White Christmas"
For centuries they been given promises that predicted the coming of a Messiah.
And that messiah would bring
* salvation to His people
* forgiveness for their sins
* and light and peace to those who were God's people.
THUS the Jews were looking forward to a time when life would be merry and bright again.
Isaiah had predicted that when that day came: "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." Isaiah 1:18
Through Isaiah, God had declared that there would be a "White Christmas" for His people. There would come a day when their lives would be cleansed as "white as snow".
And their lives would be changed fore ...
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