Archive for December 14th, 2011
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Three men were waiting in a hospital maternity room. The first man paced back and forth anticipating the news that he was a father. About that time a nurse walked in and told him that his wife had given birth to twins. Amazed, the young man responded, “What do you think about that, I play for the Minnesota Twins.” As he was walking out another nurse came in and told the second man that his wife had given birth to triplets. Astounded, he responded, “What do you think about that? I work for the 3-M company.” About that time the third man got up, put on his coat and was about to walk out the door when the nurse asked him where he was going. “I’m going to find some place to lay down, “ He said, with a very shaky voice.” “Why is that?” asked the nurse. To which the man responded, “Because I work for seven-up!”
Today we’re going to look at what the Bible says in Matthew 2:10-11 about “How To Celebrate Christmas.”
While the birth of Jesus probably didn’t take place on December 25th, there is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the birth of Jesus. In fact, everyday ought to be a celebration of the birth, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Within the Bible there are several groups of people who celebrated the birth of Jesus. There were the shepherds, the angels and the Magi to mention a few.
Over the next few days we’re going to look at three ways that the Magi celebrated the birth of Jesus. These are also three ways we need to celebrate Christmas as well.
First, we need to celebrate Christmas JOYFULLY.
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (NAUB)
For many people, Christmas is one of the most depressing times of the year. Some are depressed because they are lonely. Perhaps they are away from their family, friends and home. Some find Christmas a depressing time of year because they’re unable to buy the gifts they would like to get for their family. Others are depressed because they bought too much.
Isn’t it amazing how two of the main colors of Christmas, green and red are so symbolic. Before Christmas we are usually in the green, but afterwards we end up in the red!
Christmas ought to be a joyous time of year because that’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Joy is nearly always associated with the birth of a child, unless of course you’re having seven!
Even more, joy is associated with the birth of Jesus, because He is the savior of the world.
Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
During the Christmas season it’s easy to be swept along by the flood of frenzied gift-buying. Our motive may be commendable—we want to show our love for family and friends. We may even argue that the exchange of expensive presents reflects God’s gift to us of His Son and is a way to spread yuletide joy. But what eventually happens when the giving is over, we find that the gifts didn’t bring the sought-after satisfaction.
It’s the good news concerning Jesus that brings lasting joy. Not just at Christmas but all year long.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing. —Watts
The joy of Christmas is Jesus. When you know Jesus as your personal savior you can celebrate Christmas joyfully.
Acts 16:30-34 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him… 34 he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God–he and his whole family.
Just like the Philippian Jailer experienced joy because of his faith in Jesus, you can experience God’s joy this Christmas and all year long by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.