by Jeff Strite

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Series: Jesus in Narnia
Jeff Strite
Romans 8:19-25

OPEN: On December 10th we've reserved the local movie theatre for a private viewing of ''The Tale Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'' It's the story of 4 children in war ravaged WWII London who are sent to the country, to the home of a rich relative where 1 of their only pastimes becomes playing hide and seek.

During one of these games, one of the children hides in a wardrobe (closet) that turns out to be a doorway into a magical and mystical land called Narnia. It was a beautiful land, but Narnia was held in bondage by an evil witch who is so cruel that she had turned it into a realm where it was always winter… but never Christmas.

Narnia is a beautiful land, but it's crippled because something was missing. It was always winter and the land and its people lacked the joy that Christmas could bring

APPLY - By contrast, the problem in our society today is NOT that we don't have Christmas. In fact we seem to have Christmas for a veryyyy long time.

Even before Thanksgiving you begin to hear the ''sounds of Christmas'' - the music, the bells, the annoying TV commercials. It seems that everywhere you look, you see this holiday advertised in newspapers, on radios and TV and in every store across the land.
Our problem is NOT that we don't have Christmas… but increasingly it is a Christmas without Christ. We have the celebration, but the celebration has gradually edged out Jesus. In fact, there are people who are attempting to gradually remove any mention of Jesus - who is the source of Christmas' joy and power.

ILLUS: The American Family Association (AFA) recently examined a couple of newspapers in the Memphis Area and they analyzed over 280 pages of advertising they had collectively in them.
AFA found that Christmas was not mentioned by Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreen, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney, Dell and Best Buy. These stores refused to m ...

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