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Summary: Four reasons why Jesus shouldn’t have come. He wasn’t wanted, welcome, worshipped and we’re not worthy.

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Please Don’t Come For Christmas – Part 2

4 reasons why Jesus shouldn’t have come

Celebration Church – December 6, 2009

Why Jesus shouldn’t come:

Reason #1 - He wasn’t wanted by the ruling authorities

Reason #2 – He wasn’t welcomed by His own

Luke 2:4-7 (NIV) “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Not Welcomed

Joseph belonged to a family yet no one offered help

“…he belonged to the house and line of David...”

Joseph and Mary were shunned by their family

“…there was no room for them in the inn.”

John 1:11 (NIV) “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”

Jesus’ life was a life filled with rejection

Isa 53:3 (NIV) “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

HOW DO I ACCEPT JESUS?

John 1:12 (NIV) “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

BELIEVE

“…to those who believed in his name…”

Matt 1:21 (NIV) “… you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Phil 2:11 (NIV) “… every tongue (will) confess that Jesus Christ is Lord...”

Jesus is Jehovah – Jesus is God!

Matt 1:23 (NIV) "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-- which means, "God with us."

John 1:1 (NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

RECIEVE

“…Yet to all who received him...”

Isa 9:6 (NIV) “…he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

He understands you – Wonderful counselor

He is all powerful on your behalf– Mighty God

His love for you never ends– Everlasting Father

He is the captain of your storms – Prince of peace

BECOME

“…he gave the right to become children of God… born of God…”

Gal 4:4-6 (NIV) “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons...”

Rom 8:23 (NIV) “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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Please Don’t Come For Christmas – Part 2

4 reasons why Jesus shouldn’t have come

Celebration Church – December 6, 2009

Last week we started this series by saying that not all were happy with the coming of Christ. As matter of fact his very birth shook up the region of Judea and caused some jitters among the ruling authorities and the people.

Have you ever been somewhere where you knew you didn’t fit in or belong? It’s not an easy feeling is it? Well Jesus was most definitely not wanted and didn’t fit into the world that He came into.

So while the title of this series is please don’t come for Christmas, it simply serves to show us how Christ was treated on the occasion of His own birth and is still being treated today.

People will say, BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS! Let’s party, let’s exchange gifts, let’s live it up – but hey, just don’t bring any of the Jesus junk in! We like our holiday, but we’re not interested in Jesus.

WELL THE HOLIDAY IS CALLED CHRISTMAS - And it’s all about Christ!

So today just as in days gone by, we see that Jesus really isn’t wanted by the masses.

Why Jesus shouldn’t come:

Last week we saw,

Reason #1 - He wasn’t wanted by the ruling authorities – Herod wasn’t exactly excited about a new king showing up on his turf.

This week we’ll look at the second reason Jesus shouldn’t have come humanly speaking.

Reason #2 – He wasn’t welcomed by His own

Luke 2:4-7 (NIV) “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

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