by Jeff Schreve

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The Joys of Christmas (3 of 4)
Series: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Luke 2:8-20

Well, if you have your Bibles, please turn to Luke chapter 2, Luke chapter 2. I want to talk to you about this subject, "The Joys of Christmas." Now we have talked in this series, "It's Beginning to look a Lot like Christmas," we're talked, first of all, about the miracles of Christmas when the angel came to Mary and said, "Mary, you're pregnant," and she said, "Wow!" And then, we talked about the struggles of Christmas where Mary went to Joseph and said, "Joseph, I'm pregnant," and he said, "Whoa!" And now we want to talk about the joys of Christmas where the angel came to the shepherds and said, "Shepherds, a Savior has been born," and they all said, "Wahoo!" They were so excited. And there's great, great joy because of Christmas.

Now everybody knows and every kid experiences this: Christmas is such an awesome time. I mean, and we're getting close. We're just days away from Christmas day. And I know when I was a kid - boy, I would get excited because Christmas day was coming. And we'd have gifts that my aunts and people would send from out of town, and they'd be under the tree. And you would go days before and you'd be looking at this gift, and you'd be shaking it and saying, "What is that? I wonder what that is." And your mind just begins to race with what it might be. And then, finally, you get to open it. And I remember opening one. I was so excited. And then, I opened it, and it was soap on a rope. What a crummy gift for an 8 year-old kid, right? I mean, I probably stunk, but I don't want my soap on a rope. But now, on Christmas morning, that's when we were told Santa was going to come. And I had to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. It's hard to sleep on Christmas Eve when you're a kid, you know it. And my mom would say, "Well, you know, Santa's not going to come unless you go to sleep on Christmas Eve." And so we'd just try and try and fin ...

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