Summary: The birth of Christ is for the weak and weary, the sinful and shameful, the harassed, helpless and for those without hope!
Read Luke 2:1-20
Isn’t that a wonderful passage! Celebrating a baby born in a manger. The birth of Christ, the true meaning of Christmas! It leaves you with a nice, warm feeling on the inside. But the more that I read this story the more I am convinced of this one simple, yet profound truth: “CHRISTMAS IS FOR LOSERS”.
How many of you, have ever met a real loser! Well when I was in elementary school Wit Rudolph was that real loser at our school. He liked Lincoln Logs instead of He-man. He played hopscotch instead of kickball. He drank Carrot juice instead of soda. He had thick glasses and the thing that I remember most about Wit Rudolph was that he had the most hideous bright red Velcro shoes. The kid was a real loser! After elementary school Wit moved away and no one really knew that he was gone, and frankly no one really cared. The years went by and that would have been the end of it, but a change encounter changed my whole outlook! It was Christmas time and I was at a Candle light service, when a guy with yellow shoes, a goofy hairdo and thick glasses made his way to the front of the auditorium. My jaw almost hit the floor, when he introduced himself as Wit Rudolph. Wit shared with us that evening a powerful testimony about his life and how God through the birth of His son used weak, broken and sinful people to accomplish awesome things for his Kingdom! As I think about that story now, the thought that keeps creeping into my mind is that: Christmas is for Losers! The birth of Christ is for the weak, the broken, the sinful, for those who are going through the motions of their everyday lives without any sense of purpose, without any hope! Christmas is for losers! So how did I come to this simple, yet profound reality? I did it by looking at and understanding 3 principals!
I. THE MANGER
What do we know about the manger? It was dirty, it was in a barn, it was used as a trough where the animals would come to eat. It was certainly no place for a baby to born.
You’ve got to be kidding me. Surely this couldn’t be the best plan that God could have come up with right? Surely this wasn’t a well thought out plan right? This was a last minute thing right? Wrong! Going up a Christmas play that we put on had a song in it entitled: He was born to be a Shepherd. And in that song the first line said: “Long before the world began God devised a special plan to save the souls of every man, God would send His only Son!” Hey but that’s just a song, does the Bible have any passages that support the idea of this being a well thought out plan? If you have your Bibles turn to 1 Peter 1:17-20. Read 1 Peter 1:17-20. Did you catch it? He was chosen before the creation of the world, but has been revealed in the last times for your sake! The King of Kings, the Lord of lords, Emmanuel God with us, our Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End, our Savior, Messiah, Redeemer and Hope has been revealed in the last times for our sake! Because before time began, God knew you! He knew you before you were born, He knows the very hairs of head, He knows when you rise and when you sleep. He knows where you’re weak and when you stumble. He knows all this about you and still He loves us! He loves us so much that He would send His one and only Son to teach us one important point: That Christmas Is For Losers!