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Summary: Christmas message: The when, the who and the why of Christmas answered.

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GAL 4:4-5. CHRISTMAS AND GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SLIDE 1:

SO MANY OF US HAVE GREAT EXPECTATIONS AS WE APPROACH CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL ITS A MAGICAL TIME AND MANY PEOPLE SPEND THEIR DAYS COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS - YOU CAN ALWAYS GAURANTEE A RADIO/TV PRESENTER SAYING STRIAGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS ONLY 365 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS. WE CONTINUALLY COUTDOWN TO THE EVENT EVEN THOUGH ITS JUST GONE.

• THAT REMINDS ME OF THE FAMILY THAT CANT GET ENOUGH OF CHRISTMAS, THEY LOVE XMAS SO MUCH THEY CELEBRATE IT 365 DAYS A YEAR WITH CHRISTMAS TURKEY DINNER AND THE GIVING OF GIFTS TO ONE ANOTHER EACG DAY. WHO KNOWS HOW THEY KEEP THAT UP!

BUT DO OUR GREAT EXPECTATIONS DELIVER THE GOODS - CHRISTMAS IS SO HYPED BY THE MEDIA , IT BECOMES A MATERIALISTIC FRENZY TRYING TO SATISFY OUR UNSATIABLE APPETITES FOR MORE, WE EXPECT SO MUCH YET IF WERE HONEST WE RECEIVE SO LITTLE. WHAT IS CHRISTMAS REALLY ALL ABOUT…..? ARE OUR GREAT EXPECTATIONS EVER MET WITH THIS TYPE OF CHRISTMAS?

DON’T YOU HAVE A NAGGING SUSPICION DEEP DOWN THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE TO CHRISTMAS? YES YOU’VE GOT THE GIFTS – YOU’VE GOT THE FAMILY TIME – YES YOU’VE GOT THE FOOD AND WINE AND THE CELEBRATIONS. BUT ALL THE ANTICIPATION, ALL THE EXPECTATIONS YOU HELD OUT FOR HAVE THEY BEEN MEET IN THESE THINGS? DO THEY DELIVER THE GOODS? IF NOT DON’T WORRY BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT ALONE...

• CHARLIE BROWN AND CHRISTMAS VIDEO SLOT

YOU MAY WELL HAVE THE CHARLIE BROWN SYNDROME.AS LINUS SAID, OF ALL THE CHARLIE BROWNS IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE GOT TO BE THE CHARLIE BROWNIEST!” YET CHARLIE’S HONESTY WAS JUST CONVEYING THE GENUINE HEART BEAT OF SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR WORLD TODAY. CHARLIES BROWN STATEMENT IS THESTATEMENT OF SO MANY AT CHRISTMAS.......

HAVE YOU HEARD THE STORY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO ON CHRISTMAS DAY SAID TO HIS DAD IN DISALLUSIONED TONE, “DOES SANTA REALLY DELIVER DAD? AFTER ALL HE HAS TO COME BACK EVERY YEAR AND IM STLL NOT SATISFIED!”

YOU SEE THIS TYPE OF CHRISTMAS WILL ALWAYS LEAVE US DISALLUSIONED – UNSATISFIED. IF WE ARE EXPECTING TO HAVE OUR EXPECTATIONS MEET IN POSSESIONS, PEOPLE OR PLEASURES BECAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR SO MUCH MORE.... TONIGHT I WOULD LIKE TO POINT YOU TO THE WHEN, THE WHO AND THE WHY OF CHRISTMAS THAT MEETS ALL OUR EXPECATIONS...

GAL 4:4-5 BUT (THE WHEN?) WHEN THE TIME HAD FULLY COME, GOD SENT (THE WHO?) HIS SON, BORN OF A WOMAN, BORN UNDER LAW TO REDEEM THOSE UNDER LAW, THAT WE MIGHT RECIEVE THE FULL RIGHTS AS SONS. (THE WHY?)

SLIDE 2.

1. THE WHEN OF CHRISTMAS: BUT WHEN THE TIME HAD FULLY COME.

CHRISTMAS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING FAR BIGGER SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED 365 DAYS A YEAR AND ENJOYED A LIFETIME AND INTO ETERNITY! AND CHRISTMAS IS THE BEGINNING OF IT ALL. THE GREATEST EVENT IN HISTORY WAS APPROACHING AN EVENT WHICH THE PROPHETS FORETOLD 800 YEARS BEFORE, THE JEWS WERE AWAITING AND IT TOOK PLACE 2000 YEARS AGO. TODAY EACH CHRISTMAS TIME IT’S SOMETHING WHICH WE LOOK BACK REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE. THE TIME HAS FULLY COME!

GREATEST EVENTS OF HISTORY:

IT WAS ON JULY 20TH 1969 APOLLO 11 LANDED ON THE MOON: IT IS SAID THAT ONE-FIFTH OF THE WORLDS POPULATION WATCHED ON TV THE FIRST MAN SETTING FOOT ON THE MOON. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT, A GREAT EVENT WHICH IS STILL DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND. BUT THERE IT IS AN UNDENIABLE FACT WHICH TOOK PLACE IN HISTORY, OUR HISTORY.


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