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The Road to Christmas - Bethlehem Birth (2 of 5)
Series: Christmas In Prophecy
INTRODUCTION: How much does it matter where you're born? It all depends. Under article two of the United States Constitution if you want to be president of the United States it matters where you're born! That became a pretty high profile issue in the last two presidential contests, didn't it? A new word was added to the popular American lexicon...''birther.''
But can you tell anything about a person based upon where he's from?
My family on my mother's side hails from Texas. They like to say, ''Don't ever ask a man where he's from, Steve. If he's from Texas he'll tell you. If he's not, don't embarrass him.''
I recently read the following: You may be from Florida if...
Your preferred parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
Hot water comes out of both taps.
You know that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30am.
The cows give evaporated milk.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
And all the Santas wear SHORT pants at Christmas.
In my sermon today I want to suggest that when it comes to Jesus and the Biblical Christmas story the answer is ''yes'' it matters where you were born.
We're in a sermon series entitled ''The Road to Christmas.'' Each Sunday we're looking at an Old Testament prophecy surrounding the birth of Jesus and its implications for our faith. Last week we considered the prophecy of the Virgin birth. Today I want to look at the prophecy from Micah 5:2 that predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Micah 5:2 ''But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from ...
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