Summary: This sermon is about making room for Jesus in the Inn of our hearts.
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Text: Luke 2:1-7
"On February 24, 1948, one of the most unusual operations in medical history took place in Ohio State University’s department of research surgery. A stony sheath was removed from around the heart of Harry Besharra, a man thirty years of age. When only a boy he had been shot accidentally by a playmate with a .22-caliber rifle. The bullet had lodged in his heart but had not caused his death. However, a lime deposit had begun to form over the protective covering of the heart and gradually was strangling it. The operation was a delicate one separating the ribs and moving the left lung to one side. Then the stony coating was lifted form the heart as an orange is peeled. Immediately the pressure of the heart was reduced, and it responded by expanding and pumping normally. "I feel a thousand per cent better already," said the patient soon after the operation.
"There is a parable of life here. Our hearts develop a hard protective coating because of accidents and incidents in life. They are coated by the deposits of a thousand deceits and rebuffs. They are hardened by the pressure of circumstance. Inevitably they become smothered and insensitive to the divine. Ever so easily we find it easier to sneer than to pray. It becomes simpler to work than to worship. Self-satisfied, proud, often cynical, our hearts need a spiritual operation that only Christmas can perform when we dare to surrender our hearts’ burden before the cradle of Bethlehem" (Charles M. Crowe. Sermons For Special Days. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1951, p. 163). That is why Jesus is the reason for the Christmas Season. Jesus can heal our broken and wounded hearts. “Christmas is a time to celebrate, proclaim and demonstrate” (C. W. Kiningham. Year ‘Round Sermon Outlines. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1987, p. 47).
CHRISTMAS IS A CELEBRATION
It is the birthday of Jesus that we celebrate on Christmas Day. We make a big deal about the birthdays of two of our Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Do we make a big enough deal about the birthday of Jesus? We sometimes substitute X-mas for Christmas. Is it possible that sometimes people say X-mas because they are trying to take Christ out of Christmas? Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Jesus revives the heart’s desire for a life that has meaning because Jesus is the one who gives life its meaning, it’s joy. “On July 14, 1789, Jean Lenoir, a cobbler living in an obscure side street in Paris, wrote in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today." Just a short distance away was the Bastille (a prison), and on that very day a mob has stormed it. they killed the troops, freed the prisoners, destroyed the building, and started the French Revolution. That event changed the whole course of life in France." (Crowe. p. 162). A day without Jesus is a day without joy. Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas Season. When Jesus was born, it was the best day that the world has ever known. Yet, when Jesus was born, there was no room for him in the inn (Luke 2:7).