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Don't Miss Out at Christmas

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Don’t Miss Out At Christmas

Luke 2:1-7

A prophet is not without honor except in his own home - Jesus

The Innkeeper

   What was his reason?

      Census is under way

      Everybody is coming to Jerusalem

      Like a big convention coming to town

      We have no reason to conclude that he was hostile, unsympathetic, or unloving - just to busy!

   What is ours?

Our lives are filled with needless things, human interests, and just plain stuff

      Get the cheapest price - buy it - take care of it - fix it - store it - dump it

We are so preoccupied with the temporal.

Note: Mary herself brought forth her first born.  It was not that the middle eastern people are inhospitable.  Jewish woman kind and uncaring.

But where were the mid wives - Where was the innkeepers wife?

Mary was alone!

Herod - Matt 2:2

   What was his reason?

      He wasn’t a Jew - He was appointed by the Romans

      Always afraid of losing his position

      When he was close to death he commanded all distinguished citizens to be collected, imprisoned and put to death at the moment of his death.

      This would insure weeping at his death even if it was for another person

      All the children two and under


   Somebody would interfere with his career, his position, his power, his ambition, his plans, his lifestyle

   What is ours? 

      What about my plans, my priorities, my set of values?

                       Will I have to alter the way I think, act, talk, or live?

      We are kings to ourselves!          

Religious Leaders, the Jewish People and the Romans

  John 5:39-47

   What was their reason?

      Prideful indifference


            A limited worship of God

            The wrong God entirely

   What is ours?

      Who needs God   

            I don’t like the message  

            I actually worship other things

   My little children - keep yourselves from idols.

The People of Nazareth

   Luke 4:16 ff

   What was their reason?


   What is ours?

     Yeah - I was raised in that stuff.

      I was made to go to church

      I was watching a country western singer do a rendition of The Little Drummer Boy’‘’ - I know nothing about her spiritual condition.  Hopefully it cam from the heart.  But I do watch people who have nothing to do with Jesus any other time sing the carols of the season and many of those songs tell the wondrous story of the gospel.

So, how will it be for you this Christmas?


      Don’t want Jesus - the Lord to invade your space

            Don’t like the message and its connotation

                  All too familiar

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