by Jerry Branch

Why Would Jesus Come
Dr. Jerry Branch
Luke 2:10-12

Luke 2:10-12 (NIV)
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

You know, Christmas Day is almost here...just a few more days. The countdown is almost over.

So, I guess that if we haven't got our Christmas shopping done yet, then, we're in trouble...and we're either not going to do any more, or going to do the last minute STRESS thing, and we're going to fight the traffic and go to the mall...and that would mean here comes more stress. Sure wouldn't sound like a 'lot of joy' would it?

As I was thinking about the message for today, it struck me that as Christians, I wonder if we've stopped asking some of the questions that really seem to put the AWE into Christmas.

I mean, in church we talk a lot about how Jesus came so that He could die for our sins, and how all we have to do is put our faith in Him, and we're saved, and how we have hope that one day we'll be with Him because He, Himself, rose again...

but maybe we've talked about His saving us so much that we've grown 'used to' telling and knowing the story of Christmas and Easter...I say Christmas and Easter, because we really cannot separate them...

and also in our church talks and Bible study lessons, we also talk about how He was born of the Holy Spirit, Who had come over Mary so that she would conceive the Son of God...

again, maybe we've grown 'a little TOO used to' the story...

and so, then over the years, as Christians, maybe we've just sort of lost some of the AWE and MYSTERY FOR the One Who was proclaimed by the Prophet, Isaiah, as we can read in Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)

"6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoul ...

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