Summary: 2 of 3. Paul discloses the importance of Jesus’ birth. Jesus’ birth is of utmost importance to the Christian. But Why? Jesus’ birth is significant in that it...

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The TV short ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ was released in 1965.

In the movie, there is another scene at the very end which, since I’ve been saved, always brings tears to my eyes...

Its the final scene when Charlie Brown returns to find his friends have decorated his tree. All his friends say in unison.... “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!”

And then they all begin to sing [my favorite Christmas hymn] ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing.’

Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king!

Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.

Joyful, all ye nations rise!

Join the triumph of the skies!

With angelic host proclaim: Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king.

Christmas is an absolutely fantastic time of year! But most are at a loss as to how to explain its true magic.

Christmas infuses secular tradition(trees, ornaments, wreathes, lights, etc.) with Christian meaning.

Paul discloses the importance of Jesus’ birth.

Jesus’ birth is of utmost importance to the Christian.

Why is Jesus’ birth of utmost importance to the Christian?

7 significant establishments of Jesus’ birth.

2—Jesus’ birth is significant in that it...

Establishes UNVAUNTED LOVE(:3-5)

Explanation:(:3-5) Attitude/Mindset

:3—“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”

Such unity as described above(:1-2) is manifested practically in the absolute absence of “selfish ambition”& “conceit” from our pursuits. True Christians will rather approach others in humility, with the consideration that “others”(unqualified) are to be highly esteemed even above ourselves. With this attitude in place within the heart of the Christian, no one will be taken advantage of & the world will see that the love of Christ is the supreme course of action for any person &/or people.

“Selfish ambition/Strife/Selfishness/Rivalry”—eriyeia—1) Electioneering or intriguing for office—1a) apparently, in the NT A courting distinction, a desire to put one's self forward, a partisan & fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts, 1b) Partisanship, fractiousness. This word is found before NT times only in Aristotle where it denotes a self-seeking pursuit of political office by unfair means. Strong—properly--Intrigue, i.e. (by implication--Faction. Used 7X.

“Conceit/Vainglory/Empty conceit”—kenodoxia—1) Vain glory, groundless, self esteem, empty pride; 2) A vain opinion, error. Strong—Empty glorying, i.e. Self-conceit. Used 1X.

From—kenov—1) Empty, vain, devoid of truth—&—doxa—1) Opinion, judgment, view; 2) Opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone; 3) Splendor, brightness; 4) A most glorious condition, most exalted state.

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