by Daniel Rodgers

The Blessings of Christmas
Dan Rodgers
Luke 2:1-20
December 9, 2007

INTRODUCTION: Isn't this most beautiful story? We never tire of reading it, do we. When our daughter Dana was in kindergarten, she could quote all the verses I've just read. It was impressive to hear recite them.

Kitty was on the phone this week, with little Bryce, our 6-year old grandson. He wanted to quote Luke, chapter 2, for grandma. As he was reciting his verses, he came to (vs. 4), which says Joseph "...was of the house and lineage of David." Instead of saying "the house and lineage of David," he said, he "...was of the house and 'scrimmage' of David." He repeated it like it sounded to him. I think he's been watching too much football with his dad.

This morning, I want to take just a few minutes to reflect on the blessing of Christmas. Christmas, for the Christian, brings with it far more than lights and decorations. For us, Christmas is a reminder of God's greatest blessing--the gift of His Son. And with that, let me give you a couple of things to consider:

I. The Truth of Christmas
II. The Promises of Christmas


A. Separating Truth from Fiction

1. More and more, it seems, the truth of Christmas is being overshadowed by the tinsel and lights. We have Santa Clause, the Christmas tree, the outside decorations...and oh, of course, all the presents we give to one another. And, it seems the presents get more expensive with each passing year. I watched a commercial recently, where the wife opens the garage door, and there to her surprise and great joy, sits her new BMW, wrapped in a red ribbon.

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