by Jerry Watts

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The Message at Christmas (3 of 5)
Series: The Christmas Story
Jerry Watts
Luke 2:8-14

We are overwhelmed with messages these days. We have text messages, emails, im's, tweets, Facebook, voice mails, and yes; there is even the old-fashion 'snail mail.' Honestly, we receive so many messages that important one's can slip through unnoticed because, in our overload or complacence, we just don't receive and process the important ones.

This story comes from the Revolutionary War. During that War, a loyalist spy appeared at the headquarters of Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall, carrying an urgent message. General George Washington and his Continental army had secretly crossed the Delaware River that morning and were advancing on Trenton, New Jersey where the Hessians were encamped. The spy was denied an audience with the commander and so he wrote his message on a piece of paper. A porter took the note to the Hessian colonel, but because Rall was involved in a poker game he stuffed the unread note into his pocket. When the guards at the Hessian camp began firing their muskets in a futile attempt to stop Washington's army, Rall was still playing cards. Without time to organize, the Hessian army was captured. The battle occurred the day after Christmas, 1776, giving the colonists a late present--their first major victory of the war.

While I know that we are not 'playing poker' I am reminded of the word of Dr. Jay Strack, ''We're playing games while Satan plays for keeps.'' Is there any time like Christmas time when those of us who wear the name Christ at tempted to get distracted with the worldly parts of a holiday? We say that Christmas is Jesus' birthday and yet, Jesus is the last one we think about, speak about, and offer a gift to.

As I read our text about the birth of Jesus, the message at Christmas evokes 3 actions;

Praise For God - Two weeks ago we were reminded that God was the maker of Christmas. He designed the plan of Christmas, He deliv ...

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