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Born To Be A Messiah (4 of 5)
Series: Gifts Of The Season
It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The preacher, was looking at the nativity outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing. Immediately, he turned towards the church to call the police. But as he was about to do so, he saw little Jimmy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.
The preacher walked up to Jimmy and said, ''Hi, Jimmy, where did you get the baby?''
Jimmy replied, ''I got him from the church.''
''And why did you take him?''
With a sheepish smile, Jimmy said, ''Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to little Lord Jesus. I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block in it.''
Little Jimmy wasn't trying to hurt anybody. He was just doing what little boys do. He just figured if Jesus did him a favor, it was only right to return the kindness. He saw Jesus as a kind of religious Santa Claus. Just like going to the mall and sitting on Santa's lap and asking for a special toy. In his mind, Jesus was just a little farther up the food chain.
Today we're going to talking about people who see Jesus as a religious ''Santa Claus''. They see Him as far enough up God's food chain to supply them with all their wants and desires.
In our text today - the angel declared: ''Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'' Luke 2:11
When the angel… that said this newborn baby was to be ''the Christ'' he was declaring that this child was to be the fulfillment of centuries of Biblical promises. When the Jews referred to these promises - they spoke of the coming Messiah.
''Christ'' and ''Messiah'' are essentially the same word
They both mean the same thing.
They both mean ''The anointed one.''
This anointed one - this Messiah/Christ - was the description the Jews used to sum up the prophecies in the Old Te ...
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