by Daniel Rodgers

How Do You Spell Christmas?
Dan Rodgers
Isaiah 9:6

INTRODUCTION: Let me begin at the outset by saying, we do not spell Christmas, ''X-mas.'' When someone writes ''X-mas,'' they are crossing out the most important part of Christmas-''Christ.'' Let's leave the ''X'' out and Christ in.

This morning I want to use the spelling of Christmas as an acrostic for my message-9 letters in all, each one representing an important spiritual truth:


A. The Reason for Christmas

1. Last week, my message was ''The Reason for the Season.'' Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas-it is all about Him. It is about His birth and why He came here. He came to be the Savior of a lost and dying world. Jesus came for sinners. In Luke 19:10, the Bible says, ''For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.''

a. Of course, the devil doesn't like the Christmas story-he doesn't want the good news to get out, that Jesus came to save us. He doesn't want the gospel story repeated every December 25th; no, he is doing all he can to remove Christ from Christmas. Listen, how dumb to you have to be not to know that it is His birthday we celebrate? Without Christ, there is no Christmas-December 25th would simply be another day like any other day.

ILLUS: In an article entitled ''Taking the Christ out of Christmas,'' Joe Scarborough writes...

Is there a war against Christmas? The ACLU and many other people have been trying to take Christ out of Christmas for years. At this time of year, many people will believe that that's a real concern. Friday night, in Newport News, Va., 8,000 people are expected to show up for the town's Christmas celebration, except they are not calling it that. They're calling it Hollydazzle. And instead of lighting the 40-foot Christmas tree, Newport News officials are going to be lighting, get this, the tree of illumination.

The events are also going to include, of course, Frosty the Snowman, make-your-own-snow globes, ...

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