by J. Gerald Harris

Four Changes That Christmas Ought To Make
J. Gerald Harris
Luke 2

Several years ago there was a story told about this young couple who were going to have their little baby christened on a Sunday morning. And on the Saturday evening before the Sunday when the christening was to take place, they decided to invite some of their friends into their home for a party to celebrate the blessed event that would take place in church on the following morning.

It was a cold wintry day. And as the guest began to arrive, they were greeted by the husband and wife, the parents of the small child who was to be christened. As the couples entered they tossed their coats and scarves on the bed that was adjacent to the living area. Everyone arrived at approximately the same time. After a brief time of fellowship, the couple, who were anxiously anticipating the christening of their child on the next morning, announced to those who had gathered, ''We want you to meet our little one who is the object of our celebration this evening.'' The mother excused herself to go into the bedroom to get the little baby. And in a moment the guests heard a horrifying scream.

The mother had gone into the bedroom and discovered that the coats and the scarves had been carelessly thrown on the bed where she had placed the little baby. At least the first one who threw her coat on the bed did not notice that the child was there. The others followed her example, and within a matter of minutes the little child was literally smothered at his own party.

It seems to me that we have literally left Christ out of Christmas. He has been set aside and smothered with so many other things that seem to command our attention during this time of the year. The secularists and the humanists and the hedonists have smothered the Christ of Christmas. In our schools we no longer have a Christmas break, we have a winter break. And for many Christ is no longer the reason for the season.

But as we look at our text, ...

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