It's Still Christmas
INTRODUCTION: As I pondered the idea for my first sermon of the New Year, I thought; I can do the typical thing; I can speak on how we are to be more dedicated this year than the year before (and that's good). Certainly, we all ought to be challenged to greater level of commitment and dedication. We ought to determine to read our Bibles more, to pray more, to be more faithful in church, to give more, to share our faith more... These are all things we need to be reminded of; we can never do enough for the Lord.
However, the Lord led me in a little bit of a different direction this morning. I thought to myself; we have just celebrated the greatest story ever told, the birth of Jesus Christ. And yet, for the most part, we will not touch on this theme again for another year. Our sermons and Sunday school lessons will change and become more "season-appropriate." Our hymns will change from Christmas to something different. The decorations are taken down, and the Christmas cards put away for reflection at some later time.
We've all heard it said and have said it ourselves, "Christmas is 365 days a year." And that's true, isn't it? The Christmas story is the greatest story ever told. And if that is true, we ought to speak of it often.
This morning, I would like to bring a topical message based on the birth of Christ and see how we can apply its significance to us today. With that, I want us to focus our attention on the two words in our opening text--the words, "unto us." The Bible says, "For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given."
When we use the words, "unto us," then the birth of Christ becomes very personal. It was not just for the world that Jesus was born, but for every single person. As we look through the Scriptures, we find that God was always involved in the lives of individuals. God is a "People Person." Whether it was in the life of Moses, Joshua, the Apostle Paul, or M ...
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