by Ernest Easley

The Spirits of Christmas
Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 2:1-12

With now only two days before Christmas, chances are good that by now you've caught the Christmas spirit. So .. what triggers the Christmas spirit for you? Perhaps for you .. it's the:

- setting up/decorating your Christmas tree?
- decorating your house?
- putting up the Christmas lights?
- the first Christmas card?
- hearing the first Christmas carol on the radio?
- purchasing your first Christmas gift?
- annual Community Christmas celebration?

For you Christmas Scrooge's, it may take the annual candlelight Christmas Eve service to trigger the Christmas spirit. The closer we get to Christmas Day we catch the Christmas spirit.

Some people never get it; they simply endure it. Well, we're going to find those same reactions taking place the first Christmas. Let me show you what I mean. Take God's word and turn with me to Matthew 2. It's here in the first twelve verses of Matthew 2 three different reactions, to the birth of Jesus. We're going to read how people reacted to that first Christmas are some of the same reactions we find taking place today to Christmas today!

In fact .. we can find all three spirits of Christmas in this building today. Well .. let's read about it beginning in Matthew 2.1 as we discover together …

The Spirits of Christmas

Matthew 2.1-12

''2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ''Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.'' 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, ''In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:6 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,?Are not the least am ...

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