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It Was the Birthday of a King (2 of 4)
Series: Unto Us A Child Is Born
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and turn with me to Luke chapter 2 if you would. Luke chapter 2, and in just a minute we'll be looking at a large portion of this pivotal chapter that deals with the coming of the Christ as we continue in our Christmas season series that we have entitled, "Unto Us A Child Is Born."
Now, if you'll remember, last week as we began this series we talked about the miracle of the manger, or really, the virgin birth of Christ. This morning, as we continue, I want us to look at the visitors to the birth of Christ.
I don't know about you, but I love Christmas. Not because of all the tinsel and toys and bells and bows, but because of Who was born on that day.
ILLUS: I want you to go back with me this morning about 200 years. Not 2000 years, but 200 years, to the year of 1809. You say, "What was so special about that year?" Well, this was the year that Napoleon was marching across the country of Austria. He and his soldiers were destroying cities and killing men and women and even children. There was literally a bloodbath in Austria in 1809. And the whole world was worried about it and the whole world was focused on it, and so there really wasn't all that much thought given to the babies that were being born that year. But you might be surprised at who all was born in 1809. For example, in 1809, William Gladstone was born. William Gladstone was one of the greatest politicians ever to serve England. By the way, William Gladstone was a close personal friend of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who was a Baptist preacher, who literally kept communism out of England. (The Socialists themselves admitted that.) But Gladstone was a very godly man and a strong politician who was born in 1809. Alfred Tennyson . A literary giant who was the son of a preacher and his godly wife. Across the Atlantic, in America, ther ...
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