by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 2:1-14

Friends, at this particular time of the year, let's
focus our attention on the subject, "GOD'S CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE TO MEN." We find in Luke, chapter 2, these
words, but let me remind you that so often God's
message is buried in the commercialism of Christmas at
this particular time. The other day I was watching on
television the lighting up of a great Christmas tree in
a certain city in the downtown area. The dads and
mothers had gathered together with their children and
songs were being sung. I heard a Christian friend say,
"You know, that's all commercialism. If it were not
for making of money they would not be gathered like
that downtown for this particular event." Well
undoubtedly, there is much commercialism in Christmas
today and many times the messages of God is lost. I'm
not saying that critically. You know that's the truth,
but my friends, today, let's' listen to God's message.

In the second chapter of Luke we read, "And it came to
pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was gov-
ernor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one
into his own city. And Joseph also went up from
Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto
the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because
he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed
with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that while they were there, the days
were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And
she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because
there was no room for them in the inn.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding
in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the
glory of ...

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