NO ROOM Luke 2: 1-7
I. NO ROOM IN THE WHITE HOUSE
A. Many political leaders try to keep Jesus out
B. King Herod tried to take Jesus out
C. Today’s government is a result of NO ROOM for Jesus
1. Good & Moral candidate are not accepted
2. Ethics and character has been thrown away
D. Christianity; once the backbone of U.S. now is minority
E. “we want our own way, don’t bring that Jesus in here”
II. NO ROOM IN THE COURT HOUSE
A. Constitution not upheld
B. What God said was illegal is made legal
1. same sex marriage
3. divorce for any reason
C. “Get those commandment out of here; NO ROOM
III. NO ROOM IN THE SCHOOL HOUSE
A. No prayer
B. No Bible
C. No religious symbols
D. No discipline
E. “There’s NO ROOM for that Jesus stuff in here”
IV. NO ROOM IN THE CHURCH HOUSE
A. “Don’t bring the Truth of God’s holy Word in here”
1. we want to be entertained
2. we want to be lifted up
3. we want to feel good
4. it’s not the Sunday 11:00 service it’s a CIRCUS
B. “Don’t bring that doctrine stuff in here; doctrine divides
1. it divides true from false
2. it divides darkness from light
3. wheat from tares
C. “Don’t bring them Biblical standards to our music”
D. Churches today don’t want no God called preacher;
They want a puppet they can manipulate.
1. “we been here a long time”
2. “we know what the people need”
3. “we know what to do”
4. “we want what we want; there’s NO ROOM
V. NO ROOM IN PEOPLE’S HOUSE
A. No prayer, No Bible study, No family devotions
B. No thankfulness, No heart for the things of God
Conclusion: He’s been told “there’s NO ROOM in the White house
He’s been told “there’s NO ROOM in the court house”
He’s been told there’s NO ROOM in the school house
And in many church houses there’s just NO ROOM for Him anymore.
Are you going to tell Jesus there’s NO ROOM in your house ?
What about in your heart is there room for Him there?
Where is there room for Jesus?
There was room for Him in Pilates judgment hall
There was room for Him on the cross
There was room for Him in the tomb
There was room for Him at the right hand of the Father
There is room for Him in my heart; what about yours ?
The Days Before Christmas Twas the days before Christmas, and all through the Church The pews are all filling, as everyone perched. The hands are all shaking, and greetings abound Soon I’ll go to the pulpit, prepared to expound. I spent the whole week trying to hear what God’s saying Studying, reading, and earnestly praying The choir has practiced and taken great care Their singing this morning, for weeks they’ve prepared We’ve had Christmas sermons of Angels and Wise men Of Shepherds and mangers, no room at the Inn I pray that this week, the message will do The job of moving the folks from the pew But I must keep it brief. I must watch my time For at noon I will hear the watches all chime This is a season so full of distractions But we know that this world has no satisfaction If we don’t share the Gospel of Christ Not just his birth, but His paying our price If we speak of the manger, but not of the cross The fullness of Jesus, somehow gets lost This Christmas season, do Jesus a favor Make it a season to share Christ the Savior
When a fellow pastor was a child, his family sold evergreens for Christmas. Since they did the trimming throughout the year, they could tell which tree was the fullest, and they would tag it, so that no one else would take the tree that they wanted... Spiritually, we probably resemble Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, rather than one that you would put in front of the Court House. And yet God has tagged us. That’s what he did, when he placed his name on us at baptism. Though sin and guilt does press down heavy upon us, through the baby Jesus, we have forgiveness that sits on us as the lightest of snow. It covers the spots that don’t look full. Thanks to Jesus, in God’s eyes we are as desirable to have in his home as Jesus is. Because Jesus was willing to accept the curse of hanging on the tree of the cross, we have the joy of being made acceptable to God. Since God tag is on us, no one can take us away from him. The devil can not come and cut us down. We are the Lord’s.
Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden. The king was like no other king. Every statesmen trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him, for he had the strength to crush all his opponents. And yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden. How could he declare his love for her? In an odd sort of way, his very kingliness tied his hands. If he brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels and clothed her body in royal robes, she would surely not resist- no one dared resist him. But would she love him? She would say she loved him of course, but would she truly? Or would she live with him in fear, nursing a private grief for the life she left behind. Would she be happy at his side? How could he know? If he rode to her forest cottage in his royal carriage, with an armed escort waving bright banners, that too would overwhelm her. He did not want a cringing subject. He wanted a lover, an equal. He wanted her to forget that he was a king and she a humble maiden and to let shared love cross over the gulf between them. The king, convinced he could not elevate the maiden without crushing her freedom, resolved to descend. He clothed himself as a beggar and approached her cottage incognito, with a worn cloak fluttering loosely about him. He renounced the throne to win her hand. by Kierhegaard in Yancey’s Disappointment with God
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