Summary: The wonder of Christmas is that God came and dwelt amongst us! In doing so He humbled and emptied Himself and came among us as the least of the least in order that we might know Him. By His life, He served us. By His death, He saved us. By His example
Knowing Him: An Example To Live By - Philippians 2:1-11 - December 18, 2011
Series: What’s Jesus Got To Do With Christmas? #2
One of the things I’ve always looked forward to as a parent are those opportunities to watch the kids participate in school productions such as the annual Christmas concert. For the last two years though I’ve been terribly disappointed – not in the children, not in the effort that everyone has put into it, not in the costumes, nor anything like that, but I’m disappointed in the theme of the concert itself. This year the play centered around Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, and the Three Little Pigs. The message of the play? Books are good gifts to give at Christmas.
Santa of course had a significant role in each of these productions but nowhere, and at no time, was there ever any mention of Jesus. And this year, as last year, I sat in the audience and watched as class after class came up to do their bit, and my spirit called out to me one question over and over again: How many of these kids have no idea what Christmas is really all about?
See, God has been taken out of our schools and our schools are the poorer for it. The big push the last few years has been to take “Christ” out of “Christmas.” It’s no longer politically correct to wish someone a “Merry Christmas;” instead you’re supposed to wish them, “Happy Holidays.” Never let go of Christ, no matter how politically incorrect it becomes, because the truth is that every time we shut God out of a part of our lives, society as a whole is poorer for it. You could have asked any man, woman or child who saw that school play the other day, “What’s Jesus Got to do With Christmas?” and based on what they saw and heard there, they wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer.
So what does Jesus have to do with Christmas? That’s the question we asked and began to answer last week and it’s also the title of our Christmas series this year. Last week we were reminded that Jesus is the very heart, the very essence of Christmas. Without Christ there could be no Christmas for Jesus is called “Immanuel” which means “God with us.” In the birth of Christ, God was with in a whole new way and in the coming of Jesus the world experienced God’s love in an entirely different light.
This morning we discover that not only do we experience God’s love in a very real and profound way in Christmas, but that’s in Christmas that we’re shown how it is that we are to love one another, as well. Open your Bibles with me please to the book of Philippians. Philippians chapter 2, beginning in verse 1. This is one of the deepest and most stirring passages of Scripture we have and it is one of the core passages from which many of our beliefs about Jesus come to life. These are not, however, your typical Christmas verses and yet they tell the incredible story of the incarnation just the same. Philippians 2, verse 1 …