by J. Gerald Harris

The Day God Became A Baby
Gerald Harris
Luke 2:1-20

A father decided that this Christmas was going to be different. He called a family conference, got the wife and children together and said, "I want us to be more disciplined in the management of our time. I want us to curtail excessive spending on gifts. I want us to get along and be sweet to one another. I want us to have a great atmosphere in our home."

He was getting pumped up, feeling like a football coach before a big game. And finally he said, with his best rallying cry, "Let's make this the best Christmas ever!"

He was pretty proud of himself until his little second-grade son raised his hand and said, "We can't make this the best Christmas ever!"

The dad, with exasperation in his voice, said, "Why not?"

The little boy said, "Because there is no way we could ever improve on the first Christmas."

The fact is, you can't improve on that first Christmas. The best news you will ever hear during Christmas is not, "Santa Claus is coming to town." The best news you will ever hear at Christmas is, "The Lord is come." And so today we're going to think about "The Day God Became a Baby."

There are three things that I want us to notice in the message for this morning. First of all, let us consider

When it came time for Jesus to be born, God looked over the human race and found a young woman in Nazareth, a virgin whose name was Mary. And God sent Gabriel, the messenger angel, down to the city of Nazareth. Gabriel spoke to Mary and said, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest…. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

And then the angel explained to Mary that this birth would come about as the result of a miracle.

And the ...

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