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These are tough times in many respects, but for the believer, they are also really good times in terms of some of the great opportunities God has brought our way. With our entering the holiday season, approaching the celebration of the birth of Christ, I wanted to present the really good news of Christmas in the midst of a world of scrooges. While most people are saying “Bah! Humbug!,” Christians ought to be saying, “Thank you God for being so good!”
So here is the series…
Christmas is a Good Time for Family.
We emphasize gathering with our relatives, but we also belong in God’s family. We believe the truth together, behave in holiness together, and belong together for all eternity. (1 Peter 1:18-25)
Christmas is a Good Time for Giving.
Christmas usually brings out the giving nature in us. Jesus said it’s “more blessed to give than to receive” and the New Testament is full of examples of churches that were enduring poverty and persecution, yet dug deep into their pockets to support the family of God across the Mediterranean.
Christmas is a Good Time for Hope.
All of the Jews placed their hopes in the coming of Messiah. Jesus’ mother Mary said about His birth, “He has fulfilled the hope of His people.” And today, we hope still. Part of our hope (of forgiveness) is fulfilled in Jesus’ death and resurrection, but we still hope for His second coming and final deliverance of His people.
Christmas is a Good Time for Receiving.
Is it not interesting that while giving a gift brings us joy, receiving a gift forces humility? It’s almost awkward to open a gift because of our feeling of unworthiness. Jesus said when He came to earth the first time – God’s Son wrapped in flesh – His own people did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, “to them gave He power to become the children of God.” Why not receive the greatest gift of all – the gift of eternal life?
My hope and prayer, for this and every sermon series I ever preach, is that God will use it to draw people into a relationship with Himself and into a church family. May God bless these weeks together!