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Summary: Most people want to be home for Christmas. This sermon deals with that desire as well as a desire to be home with Jesus.

Home for Christmas

John 1:1-14

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

[2] He was in the beginning with God.

[3] All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

[4] In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

[5] And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

[6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

[7] This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

[8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

[9] That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

[10] He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

[11] He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

[12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

[13] who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

[14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

How many know who Wilbur and Orville Wright were?

Yes, they are given credit for making man’s first flight.

On December 17th, 1903, after 4 attempts to fly their plane,

the Wright Brothers flew their “flying machine” for the first time.

Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office

and sent the following message to his sister:

“We have flown for 12 seconds – will be home for Christmas!”

After reading the telegram, his sister Katherine was thrilled.

She went to the newspaper office and told them the news.

Two days later, the local paper

placed the following headline on page six:

“Wright brothers home for Christmas.”

Apparently, being home for Christmas

was more important than the Wright Brothers first flight.

Many people are now making airplane reservations.

Others are making plans to get into their cars

and drive long distances.

They live far away somewhere and want to be home for Christmas.

Christmas has so much to do with home.

Why is that?

There’s something deep within each of us

that longs to belong to a place called home.

We’ve all heard the Christmas song,

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”.

It was written during World War II.

It was about the soldiers serving overseas

and longing to be home for Christmas.

I'll be home for Christmas, You can count on me

Please have snow and mistletoe and presents by the tree

Christmas eve will find me W here the love light gleams

I'll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams

I'll be home for Christmas You can count on me

Please have some snow and mistletoe

And presents by the tree

Christmas eve will find me Where the love light gleams

I'll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams

If only in my dreams.

Even if they couldn’t come home,

the soldiers would be there in their dreams.

Then there’s the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten,

and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

Not everyone is merry about Christmas.

Some people can’t wait to go home for Christmas

and some are dreading the day because a loved one will be gone.

This will be the 5th year for Christmas in our family

where cancer has made an unwelcome appearance.

Tim died in 2014 and my wife Pat died in June of 2017

so it’s our second Christmas without her.

Joseph and Mary were away from home that first Christmas.

Matthew chapter 1:20 tells us Joseph is told

to take Mary as his wife.

So Joseph and Mary begin living as husband and wife in Nazareth,

but that didn’t last long.

Because of a decree from Ceasar Augustus

they had to travel down to Bethlehem.

The Christmas Story includes the shepherds.

Because of the nature of their work, they were far from home.

Then there are the wise men who wandered away from home

so they could worship Jesus.

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