Sermon:
Now that Christmas is over, what are people thinking about??

Most people are now reflecting on the year passing and the New Year to come. How many of you are excited about 2009? How many of you are concerned about the New Year? How many of you already have New Year’s resolutions?

Many will say, we survived another Christmas and life goes on. Is this what life is about, just an annual cycle with key holidays of reflections?

Are holidays good or bad? Someone who loves holidays may cite for you Colossians 2:16, "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day!" They will say, “You see, even God says holidays are very important!” They are right of course, but the problem is they are only half right. The rest of the passage states in Colossians 2:17, "These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."

If we live our lives just for the holidays and not involve Jesus in any of them, we are just living in the shadows! Reality is found in Jesus Christ! It is good to celebrate holidays, even the New Year, but are we living in the shadows, or are we truly living in reality? This is what I’d like us to think about this morning; are we truly living in reality or are we still living in the shadows?

If we celebrated Christmas with just the thought of a baby in a manger, we are still living in the shadows!
Jesus is reality and Jesus Christ is more than Christmas! What do we need to know and believe about Jesus?

An angel from heaven declared to shepherds that first Christmas morning in Luke 2:11, "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord."

We love the story of a savior born in a manger and that is important; but why do we have a tendency to leave out parts of Scriptures. Jesus was born but He is Christ THE LORD! Jesus Christ is Lord even before He was born on earth! And Jesus said in John 18:37, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." The truth is, Jesus Christ is a King!

Please open your Bibles to John 1:1-4….. v14-18…………..

We love the story of Christmas but, there is a story of Jesus Christ as part of the Eternal Triune God.
Jesus is God with God the Father for eternity past.
Jesus Christ has always been God!
Do you truly believe this?

There is a story of Christmas and Jesus calling disciples.
Jesus became a human being on earth for a purpose.
Do you truly believe this?

There is a story of Jesus dying on a cross, being buried, rising from the grave, testifying to over 500 people, and ascending back to heaven.
Jesus returned to heaven to be back at God’s side.
Do you truly believe this?

There is a story of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus will return soon to earth to judge.
Do you truly