Summary: Christ came to break the chains of sin and death!
Sermon: "Chains Shall He Break" D Anderson
Is. 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
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The Lord Jesus once proclaimed of Himself,
"If the Son sets you free, you are free
indeed." Titus picks up on this when He
speaks of Christ’s journey to the Cradle, and
from the cradle to the cross. From Titus,
the second chapter, in Jesus name: “For the
grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11 NIV)
RATTLE... RATTLE... CLANK.... CLANK....
With these horrifying sounds the candlelight
serenity of Ebenezer’s upper chamber was
shattered, and with it crumbled his
comfortable, pat view about life.
MOST EVERYBODY HAS SEEN AT LEAST ONE VERSION
OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL. Already this year I
have seen the Muppet version, and just last
Sunday, I saw it presented again at the
The Christmas Carol has become synonymous
with this time of the year. We all feel good
after we experience it, written or presented,
and yet..... WHY?
LET’S LOOK AT THIS work by Charles Dickens,
and see what it has to say about the true
meaning of Christmas.
The central figure of The Christmas Carol is
Ebenezer Scrooge... His very name "scrooge"
stands for the worst in human selfishness.
Just look at old Scrooge at the beginning of
--> This man was materialistic. His
life... ALL LIFE!... measured its
worth on a profit and loss sheet.
--> Scrooge was selfish-- He wasn’t
concerned for the poor and
orphaned, only the building of
his financial empire.
--> And miserly!-- Making money,
money, money was his only
--> AND WITH MISERLY, CAME STINGY! He
would count the coals used at the
office, caring little that Bob
Cratchet was cold and miserable.
--> Ebenezer Scrooge was joyless--
BAH! HUMBUG! to everything bright,
beautiful, and festive.
--> This old, crotchety fellow was
harsh! His own and only nephew
was verbally assaulted and almost
roasted out of Scrooge’s office.
--> Amid all his wealth, he lived a
spartan life in the servant’s
quarters of his mansion.
To sum it all up Scrooge was driven to
accumulate wealth, and considered the world a
cold, hard place which worked according to
the survival of the fittest. “LET the
poor and orphans die, and decrees the
worlds surplus population!”--he was
analytic with figures, even to the point of
SHAME ON EBENEZER SCROOGE! SHAME ON THAT
MATERIALISTIC, TIGHT, COLD HEARTED MAN!
And yet, if we peel beneath the veneers of
our own lives, don’t many of us see the face
of the crotchety old materialist? How many
of us here today are using our time, talents
and treasures to build the Kingdom of God in
the world, and how many of us our building
our own kingdoms in the world!
Scrooge was building his kingdom-- Bah Humbug
to any other greater reality, but then came
the rattling and the clanking of heavy chains
and metal money boxes.
Scrooge is confronted with a world bigger
than his money making and selfish living.
The presentation of The Christmas Carol at
the Guthrie this year had Scrooge making some
comical remarks as he tried to settle into
his servant’s quarters for the night. Cracks