Summary: A take-off on the famous Christmas song by the same title, various Christmas themes are examined by visualizing 1) a MOTHER; 2) a MANGER; 3) a MERCHANT; 4) a MYSTERY; 5) a MISSION (to save sinners).
Do You See What I See?
December 24, 2011
A 3-slide PowerPoint presentation of this short message is available by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEXT: Please turn in your Bibles to Luke 1
Each of us sees different things when we think of Christmas.
• Mention the word Christmas to most children and the vision that comes to their minds is a jolly old man in a red suit who delivers toys with a small herd of flying reindeer.
• Say Christmas to most of us adults and several pictures are likely to form in our minds:
• Some think of lights and decorations lining city streets. (“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style / In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.”)
• Others think of bell-ringing Salvation Army Santas seeking donations.
• Some think of Christmas trees decked with beautiful lights and ornaments.
• To many people, the favorite thought that comes to their minds is a picture of large stadiums filled with fans watching large, husky, helmeted men crack one another’s skulls, chasing an oval-shaped, inflated pig-skin.
• And to some, sadly, Christmas conjures up images of wild parties, drunkenness, and “good times” that are really BAD times of sin and seduction and shame.
When I think of Christmas, I see the story given to us in the Bible about the birth of Jesus. There’s a popular Christmas song, titled, “Do You See What I See?” As we think about the Lord’s birthday, do you see what I see? What is that?…
I. FIRST, I SEE A MOTHER
Look with me at some verses in Luke 1:
• Verses 26-28 – “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
• Verses 46-48 – “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
When I think of Christmas, I cannot help but see Mary, the mother of Jesus. Consider two things about her:
1) First, she was a SIMPLE woman.
She didn’t come from royalty, or even a wealthy merchantman’s home. All indications are that she was a simple peasant woman.
God OFTEN uses ordinary people to accomplish His great purposes.
• God used a shy, stuttering SHEEP-HERDER named MOSES to lead the Israelites out of slavery to the door of the Promised Land.
• He used a simple SHEPHERD BOY named DAVID to fell a mighty giant and later to lead a nation to victory and glory.
• God used a simple, uneducated PROPHET by the name of AMOS to deliver a thunderous message from God to Israel.
• He used simple, ordinary MEN who came from all walks of life to bring the Gospel to the world, including fishermen and tax collectors.