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Christmas is All About the Baby (1 of 3)
Series: Good Times
Dr. Fred Lowery
Luke 2:11; John 1:14-15; Luke 1:46-47; Luke 2:13-14; Luke 19:10; Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 1:9-11
December 11, 2011
You know I don't think any of us doubt the fact that Christmas is a little bit commercialized and secularized - is that a word? We have somehow been able to make Christmas a $15 billion business, spending 4.5 billion on toys and if you've got kids or grandkids you participate in that but in the midst of all of that do all of us understand what Christmas really is, that it's not about the buying of gifts, it's about the birth of God. It's not about toys it's about giving tribute to God.
Two women were at a restaurant and a very expensive restaurant, and one of the women said to the waitress, "We're celebrating the birth of my baby." And the waitress realizes there's not a child present and she said, "Where is the baby?"
"She said, "You don't think I would bring the baby do you? He would just ruin the party!"
Well, think about that. How many Christmas parties fail to invite the guest of honor? We don't want to bring the baby that would just ruin the party. But what I want to tell you this morning is that it's all about THE BABY. THE BABY changes everything. My favorite Christmas hymn or carol is O Holy Night. On my ITunes I have it by about 10 different people. I've got Celine Dione, and Mariah Carey, and Josh Groban, and I've got some country ones. Kricket sang for us on the Deacon's deal on this past week, a capello - beautiful! What an incredible song by a French composer named A.C. Adam and ironically it was frowned upon - this great carol was frowned upon by the church. The church authorities - they denounced it for poor taste and said that it didn't have the spirit of religion at all but when you listen to the song, it's one of the greatest songs of Christmas because in the first stanza the writer invites us to close our eyes and to imagine the world ...
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