Summary: Watch out for the facade of Christmas!
During this time of year, people celebrate Christmas for a number of reasons. It’s fun to celebrate during Christmas, and we should, but we must never forget what we are celebrating!
Most of you remember this during Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service (show Fake signer pic#1)…. What does this look like??
For most of us, this looked like someone interpreting by sign language!! But we found out that only the deaf knew that this guy was in error; regular folks like us accepted what was going on and many even thought how nice it was to have someone interpret for the deaf!!
The reality actually was this…. Show next slide with captions…
To those in the know, the signing was jibberish! Why do I show this?
You see this happens during Christmas time; We see and experience all sorts of things during Christmas, but sadly much of it are just a façade (a false interpretation of the truth)!
We can get caught up in all sorts of fun during Christmas time that we forget the real reason to celebrate. Are we fooling ourselves during Christmas? If Jesus Christ is our Creator, Savior, and God, would He approve of the things we do during Christmas? Is what I am doing during Christmas be approved by Jesus Christ? This is the main challenge from this simple message today.
We need to Really know, then celebrate, the truths about Christmas!
And so, let’s answer this simple question: What was the main event that happened which gave us Christmas??
On that first Christmas day, God left heaven and became a human being on earth for a reason!
How do we know this? 1st of all Jesus Christ is part of history! No one can erase from history what happened in Israel about 2000 years ago and the people involved with Jesus Christ such as Ceasar Augustus, King Herod, Joseph and Mary, the Wisemen for the East, and many others are in our history books. Jesus Christ was a real human being who lived in our real world!
2ndly, the Bible tells us about Christmas. The Bible is ultimate truth because it is from God! You know, if someone refuses to believe the Bible as truth, challenge them to prove you wrong! If they seriously look with their hearts, they will find the Bible as God’s truths!
Here’s another sign of fighting for the truth, people today are refusing to place their hand on a Bible and give an oath to tell the truth; let us be careful, too many people today are living in lies, including Christmas!
We note the truth in Luke 2:11 - Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Lord who left heaven and was born on earth!
And why was Jesus Christ born on earth? We read, The Savior has been born to you; in other words, Jesus Christ was born to save you and me!
God through the Old Testament promised a Messiah who will suffer and die for people’s sin; one who will replace all the animal sacrifices, one who is the perfect unblemished lamb to be sacrificed for people’s sin once and for all!