Sermons

Summary: Christmas Message (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

  Study Tools
  Study Tools

Reading: Matthew chapter 2 verse 21:

“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”

• Ill: Our English word “News” is an acrostic.

• The letters stand for “North, East, West & South”

• Christians believe there is no greater news;

• Than what was declared that first Christmas.

• News that transcends social, cultural, and geographical boundaries.

• News that even spans time and will never go out of date!

ill:

• Now although I am only speaking on one line; from one verse of the Bible;

• That doesn’t nescercery mean I haven’t got a lot to say!

• Story told of a long winded preacher, who just went on and on and on.

• People in the congregation kept dropping hints by looking at the clock on the wall,

• By looking rather dramatically at their wrist watches;

• Be still the preacher carried on, ignorant of the congregations desire to go home.

• One man who had just had enough;

• Started waving his watch at the preacher but all to no avail.

• In his anger he threw it,

• But it fell short of the platform and hit somebody sitting on the front row quite hard.

• The person it hit turned round and was heard to say;

• “Hit me again I can still hear him!”

• Well I shall try not to out stay my welcome;

• But I want us to see 3 things from this important statement in Luke chapter 2 verse 11.

(1). A Specific time: “Today”

ill:

• On this day 19th December 1154:

• King Henry II (of England crowned.

• Henry II, first of the Angevin kings,

• And was one of the most effective of all England's monarchs.

• One historian calls him;

• “The very first of that name and race, and the very greatest King that England ever knew,”

Okay, I can see your impressed, so let’s me plod on:

• On this day 19th December 1686:

• Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)

• On this day in 1843

• Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol."

• On this day 1941:

• Hitler takes complete command of German Army

• On this day 1955:

• Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"

• On this day 1984: Zhao Ziyang & Margaret Thatcher:

• Signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.

• Each day of our calendars are marked by great events or happenings;

• That took place on the same day but in a previous time period.

WHEN DEALING WITH THE BIBLE:

• We can be confident that we are dealing with real people; in real situations,

• Events that actually happened in a real historical setting!

Ill:

The Bible does not mentioned the date of Jesus' birth:

• Although it provides many details of the circumstances surrounding His birth.

• We know for certain that Jesus was not born on December 25th year 0.

Although this is the date that is seen as the pivot point of history:

• Every event and year before Jesus' birth counts down to it,

• And every event and year after his birth counts up from it.

Ill:

• In the 6th century, The monk Dionysius Exigous (Di-on-ye-sus Ex-I-gous)

• Which sounds impressive and important but it actually means: ‘Dennis the short’.

• Was commissioned by Pope John 1st to set divisions.

• Dennis studied the records and set the divisions

• E.g. BC, Before Christ:

• E.g. And AD, Anno Domini, "the year of the Lord".

His Gregorian calendar was flawed and he apparently missed the birth of Christ by a few years.

• The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus;

• Accurately recorded Herod's death in his writings ‘The antiquities of Josephus’.

• So Christ's birth would appear to have taken place;

• Some four years before the traditional date.

But the New Testament record helps us to fix the year if not the date:

• According to Luke's gospel account, he records two important details:

• He tells us that Quirinius (cir-in-i-us) was governor, and that he took a census.

• Historians can put the different pieces of information puzzle together;

• And they can now fairly accurately place the birth of Christ somewhere around 7 to 6BC.

• So although we may know approximately the year Christ was born;

• There is no way anyone can accurately predict the month or day:

• We simply do not know!

• We do know however that December 25th was chosen simply to hijack a pagan festival.

Ill:

• In A.D. 597 St Augustine landed in Ebbsfleet in Thanet, Kent.

• He had been sent by Pope Gregory to convert pagan England to Christianity.

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion