by Brad Whitt

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Happy Birthday Jesus (4 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
Luke 2

INTRO: Take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at the very familiar chapter of the traditional Christmas Story if you would. Luke chapter 2, and this morning we are continuing in our series of studies on the life and ministry of Jesus that we've entitled, "One Extraordinary Life."

This morning, on this Sunday before Christmas, I want to share with you a message that I want to entitle, "Happy Birthday Jesus," because you know, that's what Christmas really is.

I mean, when you get past all the tinsel and trees, and the reindeer with shiny noses and the dancing Santa's - when you get down to what Christmas is really all about, you discover - you remember - that is about a little baby who was born in Bethlehem to save His people from their sin.

Christmas is a birthday party for Jesus!

ILLUS: One little girl put it this way:

When I think of Jesus' childhood
There's a thing I must get straight
If Christmas wasn't Christmas,
How did Jesus celebrate?

I know he didn't have a tree
With lights and all the trim.
I'll bet his mother, Mary,
Baked a Christmas cake for him.
She probably called it birthday cake.
With the candles all aglow.
Then little Jesus made his wish,
Blew 'em out with just one blow.
And little Jesus' friends were there
With presents they would bring.
Since they didn't have the carols,
What fun songs did they sing?
I'll think they sang the birthday song
And had all kinds of fun.
Then Mary cut that birthday cake,
A piece for everyone.
Since Christmas's still his birthday
I rejoice for Jesus sake:
I love the tree and lights and toys
And I'd like some birthday cake.
Christmas is Jesus' birthday!

So, here's what I want us to do. This morning, as we celebrate and commemorate Jesus' birthday, I want us to do something just a little bit different. I don't want us to focus on the baby's coming. (We've real ...

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