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"Defeating Sin - The Reason For Jesus"

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Sermon shared by Steve Malone

December 1999
Summary: In this message we will see that the reason Jesus came was to defeat sin"
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
"Defeating Sin, the reason for Jesus"
With God, You Will Overcome Part Six
1 Corinthians 5:20,21

íTwas the day after Christmas and all through the town
The ones who werenít Christians were feeling let down
The stockings werenít hung by the chimney anymore,
And boxes and wrapping covered the floor.

The kitchen was covered from floor to ceiling
With enough dirty dishes to set Mother reeling
The children were whining over what they didnít get
And rather than sharing, they were throwing a fit!

The malls were bustling with post Christmas shoppers
Searching for bargains on racks and in hoppers.
The salesmen looked haggard, the shoppers looked worse
As credit cards flew out of wallet and purse.

There were no joyful sounds of carolers singing,
And the only bells heard, were registers ringing.
The scene was altogether too grim,
For all the people who didnít know Him.

If only this unhappy crowd could know
That the Spirit of Christmas isnít tied with a bow
And stacked in piles underneath the tree,
He lives forever in you and in me.

He didnít start in presents piled up in a sleigh,
He started with Christ being born in the hay.
The perfect gift from our Father above
Sent to us sinners to show us His love.

He came without wrapping or boxes or strings,
No glitter or glamour or other vain things.
He came with a promise of hope for all men,
That even in death, weíd have life again.

The next face you encounter covered with strife,
Introduce them to Jesus and change their whole life.
Teach them that Christmas is a daily thing,
That comes from intimately knowing the King.

Prayer.....
He was Born To Die

I donít know about you, BUT I find Christmas very frustrating at times.... AND the main reason is BECAUSE so many either donít know or have forgotten what Christmas is all about... This week a show was on TV on the family channel called, "Christmas Everyday." And the show was about a teenager who keep reliving Christmas day over & over again... Heíd go to bed THEN wake up and it was Christmas all over... And he was supposedly stuck in this cycle under he learned, what the meaning of Christmas was. And when he finally got it (at least according to the shows writers) he talked about how Christmas was about family....and family closeness...

Hey, I have nothing against family -- I love my family... BUT family is not the meaning of Christmas. And neither is Frosty, Rudolph, Santa, snow, parties, presents, OR Christmas decorations

NOW YOU DONíT SEE THEM AS MUCH NOW, BUT YEARS AGO PEOPLE IN AN EFFORT TO REMIND PEOPLE OF WHAT THIS TIME OF YEAR IS REALLY ABOUT - WORE PINS THAT SAY, "JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON" - AND THATíS A GOOD IDEA AND IT CAN PROVIDE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO SHARE CHRIST.

YES, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON, BUT WHAT IS THE REASON FOR JESUS?

JESUS, DID NOT COME TO THIS EARTH NEARLY 2,000 YEARS AGO JUST, TO GIVE US A HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE AND A REASON TO GIVE PRESENTS. AND JESUS, DID NOT COME SIMPLY TO HEAL THE SICK AND SHOW US A LIFE WORTH IMITATING.

JESUS CAME TO PROVIDE A WAY THAT MANKIND COULD BE SAVED... JESUS CAME TO BRING SALVATION... LISTEN TO WHAT THE ANGELS SAID ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS NIGHT;

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has
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