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Summary: Many focus their attention on mythical characters • Santa Claus, flying reindeer and busy little elves • While neglecting the primary reason for the season.

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

December 2, 2012

Behold The Lamb Promised

As we enter this Christmas season, it is a good time for us to reflect on the reason for this season.

Our society/embraced/season/time/merchandise/parties/foolish observances.

• People spend money they do not have to buy gifts for people they don’t even like

• In the hope that they receive something in return that they do not even need.

Many focus their attention on mythical characters

• Santa Claus, flying reindeer and busy little elves

• While neglecting the primary reason for the season.

I have no quarrel/anyone over how they celebrate Christmas.

• You can do it anyway you please.

• You can tell your children whatever you want to tell them about Christmas.

• But, while I have you in these pews

• it is my responsibility to share/true reason for this season. __________________________________________

Beginning today/and/next few Sunday mornings, I want to preach a series which revolves around the real reason for the Christmas season.

• I would like to take the focus off fat guys in red suits

• off pretty packages under decorated trees

• off fictional characters like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch;

• and place it squarely where I believe it needs to be.

I want to focus our attention/next few weeks/Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

I want to preach a brief series which I am entitling Behold The Lamb.

My desire is to magnify Him, edify you and help us all to be drawn closer to God during this special time of the year.

Genesis 3:1-21

The lamb is promised

Genesis certainly is a strange place to preach/Christmas sermon.

• Yet, here in the midst of man’s greatest tragedy

• is the revelation of man’s greatest hope.

• It is here that the tale of sin, judgment and death

• We meet the message/saving Gospel and

• The Person of the Lamb of God for the first time.

What more of a wonderful message to preach for Advent.

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• God has made man in His image.

• He created man/perfect innocence and placed him in a perfect environment.

• Adam has been given dominion over the Lord’s entire creation

• He was presented with/perfect companion/woman called Eve.

• They live an idyllic existence, free from pain, disease, death and sorrow.

• Every need they have is met and they enjoy unbroken, unhindered fellowship with God Himself, Gen. 2:8-9.

The only restriction they have regards one tree which is located in the Garden of Eden.

This tree is called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

• Adam is warned to stay away from this tree

• for to eat its fruit will bring death into the world

Well, for an undefined period of time things go well in the Garden, until one day when Eve finds herself confronted by a serpent controlled by Satan.

• This serpent tells her/God/holding out/her and Adam.


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