Summary: As kids all we wanted was our two front teeth! But as grown ups, we've reached a better understanding of the meaning of Christmas and of life. Now love, good health, happiness, forgiveness, and Jesus would be what we want.
“ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…”
A. CHRISTMAS QUIZ
See how well we know the facts about the first Christmas:
1. When Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem, how did they get there?
a. They walked
b. Joseph walked; Mary rode a donkey
c. They took a chariot
d. We don’t really know
(The correct answer is “D.” The Bible gives no record of their means of travel.)
2. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
a. A multitude
b. Two Gabriel and Michael
d. Not sure
(The right response is “C.” Luke 2:10: “The angel said to them…”)
3. What song did the angels sing?
a. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
b. “Joy to the World”
c. “Glory to God in the Highest”
d. None of the above
(This is a trick question. The correct choice is “D.” According to Luke 2:13, they were: “…praising God and saying…” There’s no mention of them singing anything.)
4. What animals were present at Jesus’ birth?
a. Cows, sheep and camels
b. Horses, sheep and donkeys
c. Lions and tigers and bears
d. None of the above
(There is no mention in the Bible about any animals being present. The answer is “D.”)
5. In what books of the Bible can you find the Christmas story?
a. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
b. Matthew and Luke
c. Mark and Matthew
d. Matthew, Mark and Luke
(The right choice is “B” -- Matthew and Luke.)
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
1. We’ve all heard the little song, “All I Want For Christmas” and we know that the request of the child is for their two front teeth. Don’t we wish that’s ALL they wanted? But usually their wants go a little further, often a LOT further. And it’s not just the kids.
2. What do we REALLY want for Christmas? To know I think we have to answer three questions:
a. Which Christmas?
b. Can it fit in a box?
c. Is it a Thing or a Person?
I. WHICH CHRISTMAS? THE TWO EVENTS
I believe that in America we celebrate two separate events on December 25.
A. THE CONSUMER CHRISTMAS
1. WHAT DO AMERICANS THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
A Barna Research Group poll found that:
a. 37% of adults (88% identified themselves as Christians) said the birth of Jesus is the most important aspect of Christmas.
b. 44% said family time is the most important.
c. 3% said presents or parties were the most important part.
d. 3% said the most important part of Christmas was that they got a Paid Holiday.
e. Barna commented, "Americans are more likely to correctly recall the significance of April 15 than they are to connect Christmas with the birth of Jesus.
2. ILLUS.: OMITING JESUS
a. Two women who were having lunch in an elegant hotel were approached by a mutual friend who asked the occasion for the meal.
b. One lady replied, “We are celebrating the birth of my baby boy.” “But where is he?” inquired the friend.
c. “Oh,” said the mother, “you didn’t think I’d bring him, did you?”
d. That’s not too different from the way the world treats Jesus at Christmas! [Bible.org]
3. So WHAT HAS CHRISTMAS BECOME?
a. A month-long shopping spree
b. A time of gaining seven to ten pounds
c. Enduring traffic jams at the local mall, Wal-Mart
d. The retailer’s calendar starts celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. By the time we actually get to December 25th, we’re more than ready for the whole thing to be over!
B. THE GENUINE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS
1. The real Christmas has nothing at all to do with
*the number of shopping days left