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Summary: Duck Dynasty and the Robertson family provided some fun creative elements for our 2013 Christmas series featuring the three key characters of the Christmas story.

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Duck the Halls

The Characters of Christmas

Week 3 - Jesus

SUMMARY: By considering the relevance of Christmas and answering the question of why Jesus came, my desire is to present the Gospel the Sunday before Christmas in hopes that some will renew or begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We have been in a series called Duck the Halls.

We’ve had fun celebrating with the Characters of Christmas – Duck Dynasty

Beard contest, camo, even had a redneck Christmas tree (NO YUPPIE TREES AROUND HERE), testimonies, video testimonies, etc..

I know some of you have been troubled by this nativity set.

We started out in Week 1 with just Mary - God uses ordinary people. Robertsons/us

Then in week 2 we added Joseph to the nativity scene - From Joseph we learned lessons in mercy, faith and obedience. (Jep's testimony)

Now this week (week 3) we add the baby Jesus. The set is FINALLY COMPLETE! Our emphasis now shifts to the Christ child on this Christmas Sunday.

I think it is important for you to know that Jesus didn't start in the stable.

His beginning was not in the nativity scene. Jesus existed before creation of the world.

John 1:1-3 (NIV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Jesus has existed with God since the beginning of time.

We have all heard the phrase that says, "Like father, like son." It's true with God. If you've seen the Son, you have seen the Father. If you've seen Jesus Christ, you've seen God.

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. (see Phil. 2:6-7)

A little later in the same chapter John gives us further insights into the arrival of God’s Son.

John 1:14 (NIV)

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christmas is the celebration of Christ coming to earth.

The question is WHY…why did he do it?

1) Jesus came to earth to show us what God is like.

People have lots of crazy ideas about what God is like.

Sometimes I hear people say, "I don't believe in a God that allows this or does that."

They have concocted some idea about what God is like, but often their ideas are very unscriptural and untrue.

Jesus came to show us what God is really like.

I admit, there are other ways to learn about God. For instance, there are some things you can learn about God through nature.

God is CREATIVE.

God is POWERFUL.

God is ORGANIZED because there is order to the universe.

God must love VARIETY because there is a lot of variety in the world.

We can learn some things about God just by looking at nature.

But there are some things, the most important things, you would never know about God except for the fact that Jesus came to tell us.

For instance, nature doesn't teach us that God is LOVING.

We only know that because of Jesus Christ.

Nature doesn't teach us that God is FORGIVING.

We only know that because of Jesus Christ.


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