Summary: Don’t miss Jesus!

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Luke 2.1-7

S: Community

C: An Unaware Community

Th: Advent


Type: Inductive

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Don’t miss the Christ of Christmas.

• Be humble enough to receive Him.

• Worship!

Version: ESV

RMBC 24 December 06 AM


ILL Christmas (H): Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, and Mint Jelly

Many years ago a Washington, D.C. TV reporter who was working on an assignment called “The Spirit of Christmas,” telephoned the British Embassy and asked to speak to the British ambassador.

“Ambassador,” the reporter said, “you have been very kind to us through the year and we would like to include you in a special Christmas news segment we’re going to run. Tell me, what would you like for Christmas?”

The ambassador replied, “I am very touched by your offer, but I must decline to accept any gift.”

“Oh please,” said the reporter, “you really have been very helpful to us, so won’t you please tell me what you would especially like for Christmas?”

Again the ambassador refused, but the reporter persisted, and he finally gave in. “All right then, if you insist. This Christmas I would like a jar of mint jelly.”

Having forgotten about the conversation, the ambassador was surprised when several weeks later, on Christmas Eve, he turned on the evening news and heard the same reporter introducing a segment on “The Spirit of Christmas.”

We recently interviewed three visiting ambassadors and asked them what they would like for Christmas. These three diplomats each gave revealing answers when they pondered what they would most like during this Christmas season of goodwill.

The German ambassador said: “I would like to see a peaceful and prosperous decade ahead for the newly liberated German people, and all citizens of the planet. May God bless us all during this historic period of change.”

The Swiss ambassador wished: “May the Spirit of Christmas last throughout the year. It is my dream that our world leaders will be guided toward a common goal of peaceful coexistence. This is my wish this Christmas season.”

And then we asked the British ambassador who said, “I would like a jar of mint jelly.”

I have come to a conclusion, and I am sure that many of you will agree with me…

1. There is so much that goes on Christmas, it is easy to miss what is really important.

We know, as Christians, that Christmas is about Christ.

In our minds, we know that this is about Jesus.

Intellectually, we have that down.

But still, though we have it in our minds, and we say that “Jesus is the reason for the season,” we still end up missing it.

The reasons are varied, and perhaps even complex at times.

But in the end, even though we may have had a good time, the time has flown by, and we know deep down we really missed another opportunity to get it right.

You may remember that…

2. Last year, some churches missed Christmas by canceling services.

You may recall that Christmas was on a Sunday last year, so many mega-churches decided to not hold services.

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