Summary: A sermon that followed several skits. It is a salvation message where 4 people accepted Christ at the end of service.
No Room in the Inn
Good morning everyone, we have just seen several skits on Christmas.
There are some points I wanted you to think about.
wise man played by John Weiser with his students, not able to explain to them the star of Bethlehem, not able in all his wisdom to be able to shed light to his students.
Innkeeper and his wife- so set on making money that they would take it from census workers, Roman soldiers, people they did not like. There thinking was so polluted that they looked at Mary and Joseph and concluded...Hmmm.. No one really important.
last one, shepherds in a field watching their sheep. Not a great job to have at that time. Then God shows up One shepherd gets it, one saw the same thing and concluded, I’m not sure. The excited one, we just had a invitation from heaven, what more do you want? God could say, I just sent you Jesus, what more do you want?
Matthew 1:18-25 Read
The scripture this morning tells us there is a need.
The scripture gives us God’s answer.
The scriptures tells us we need to respond.
Zig Ziglar states that he believes the Bible from Genesis to maps.
T I believe the Bible from the first book to the very last page.
T I don’t claim to know everything, but being a Christian nearly 30 years, I believe God will show me the truth. The things that I just cannot understand, those things are what I have to take by faith, because that is what faith is... it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Emanuel..God with us (V23).
Last week we looked at the humility of Christ.
“Who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on the cross Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. To the glory of God the Father.”
Some will confess Jesus in this lifetime, and God word says that they will be saved from their sins and become sons and daughters of God.
Some will confess Jesus is Lord after death, it will be to late. They will be punished for their sins and for eternity will be separated from God.
Need, God’s answer, Our response
Here’s the first thing- Need
Each one of us needs a savior. I don’t care if you have been in the church all your life, or today is the first day. All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God. God with us- Jesus Christ came into this world to be that savior.
weather we want to admit it or not, the need is there. It will not just go away. Like the child who gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and then tells his mother he did not do it. We are all caught with our hands in the cookie jar.
Here lays some of the problem.
If I would have been there.
If I could have seen. Then I could understand and get it.
Not all of them got it. I’m not sure about that.
I wonder if I was there, would I have heard the angels singing and proclaiming Jesus coming or would I have just heard the barnyard animals.
Would I have looked up at the star of Bethlehem to Jesus, or just looked and saw a star and not bothered?
2 people look at the same things and come away with 2 different opinions.
One says it’s a miracle The other says - no big deal
Some took time to hear the angels, some were too busy with their lives to stop and see what is going on.
Most of us know we have a need. There is this void that we cannot seem to fill. The times God has convicted us and wanted to be a part of our lives.
For some, God has spoken to you during a service, but for whatever reason, you have grabbed the pew and said not today Lord
Illustration- (Sermon central)
Typical of last minute shopping, a mother was running furiously from store to store. Suddenly she became aware that the hand of her three year old was no longer in her hand. She panicked and began running through the store shouting his name, hearing his mother, he said look Mommy, it’s Jesus- baby Jesus was in a manger. With indifference to his joy, she impatiently jerked him away saying “We don’t have time for that”