Summary: What were your expectations for the Christmas holiday? Did you have an expectation of a perfect time with family and getting that perfect gift? Did reality meet with your expectations? Mary and Joseph had high expectations, but a disruption was placed in

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Date Written: December 21, 2010 (edited)

Date Preached: December 17, 2006; Repreached Dec 26, 2010

Where Preached: OZHBC (AM) OPBC (AM)

Sermon Details:

Sermon Series: Christmas Sermons

Sermon Title: Disruptions of The Christmas Season

Sermon Text: Matt 1:18-25 [NASB]


This morning I will be reading from Matt 1:18-25 out of the NASB. Please follow along in your Bible or you can follow along on the screen…

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US." 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. Matt 1:18-25 (NASB)

Let me ask you a question this morning… DID you have really high expectations for your Christmas this year? Did you expect a lot of stuff? Did you expect that perfect gift? Just what was it that you expected out of this Christmas season?

I know that SO many of us want our Christmas season to be that picture perfect time of year where everything goes right! When everyone in our family gets along! AND when you have ALL the time you need to do the things you want to do…

We see our kids playing together in harmony…

We want our family to ALL get along…

We want our church family to get along with no problems or issues…

We want to walk down the street and have all the strangers smile at us and wave…

HELLO! WAKE UP! This is NOT the Twilight Zone! Now for all of you that had these things happen to you this Christmas season… raise your hand!

I guess what I am really trying to say is that so often we set our expectations for the Christmas season REALLY, REALLY high! AND we discover that the realities of life are usually NOT what we thought they would be…

Let me give you a little example of what I mean: I heard that there was a woman who REALLY wanted her husband to buy her some beautiful jewelry and a nice outfit! However, she didn’t want to just come out and say it, so she wrote him a note and left it in his wallet…Here is what the note said:

Honey, for Christmas this year I want you to get me something that will make me look beautiful!

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