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Summary: THE DEPTH OF THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS BEING LOST, AS THE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS OF THE WORLD LESSENS. CHRISTMAS IS NO LONGER BEING CELEBRATED AS THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. THE RESULT IS A LOSS OF HOPE FOR THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH.

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THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS

AS I WAS PREPARING FOR MY MESSAGE TODAY I CAME ACROSS THIS STATEMENT.

“AS A WHOLE, PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS WITH MORE ANTICIPATION THAN ANY OTHER SEASON OF THE YEAR.”

COMMERCIAL INTERESTS CERTAINLY ANTICIPATE THE COMING CHRISTMAS SEASON. THEY GEAR THEIR ADVERTISING TOWARDS MAKING THEIR PRODUCT THE “PERFECT” CHRISTMAS GIFT. PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS NOW BEGIN IN OCTOBER. I REMEMBER GOING THROUGH ONE STORE AND SEEING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ON ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE AND CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

CHRISTMAS MOVIES HAVE BEEN PLAYING ON TELEVISION SINCE NOV. 01, AND FROM DEC.01 ON WE CAN SEE ALL KINDS OF CHRISTMAS SHOWS AND TELETHONS, ALL LEADING UP TO THAT BIG DAY.

THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT I AM INCREASINGLY AWARE OF AS THE BIG DAY APPROACHES.

FIRST, ALTHOUGH CHRISTMAS IS ANTICIPATED, IT CAN BE ANTICIPATED FOR POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE REASONS. CHRISTMAS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ME. MY PARENTS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE GIFTS UNDER THE TREE, THAT A GREAT MEAL WAS PREPARED, AND THAT WE ENJOYED CHRISTMAS.

I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR EVERYONE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE TODAY. THERE ARE SOME WHO DO NOT LOOK FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS AT ALL FOR IT ONLY BRINGS DISAPPOINTMENT AND HEARTACHE. THERE ARE NO GIFTS. THERE IS NO FOOD. THERE IS ONLY THE POSSIBILITY OF PHYSICAL ABUSE, AND FIGHTING CAUSED BY THE ALCOHOL THAT WAS BOUGHT INSTEAD OF GIFTS AND FOOD FOR THEIR FAMILY. CHRISTMAS FOR THESE FAMILIES IS NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY, IT IS FAR WORSE THAN THAT.

THE SECOND IS THAT THE DEPTH OF THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS BEING LOST, AS THE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS OF THE WORLD LESSENS. CHRISTMAS IS NO LONGER BEING CELEBRATED AS THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. THE RESULT OF THIS IS THAT THE HOPE THAT CHRIST’S BIRTH CAN BRING, THE ENCOURAGEMENT, AND PEACE, IS SOUGHT FOR IN OTHER THINGS.

SOME SEEK IT IN THE DECORATIONS OF CHRISTMAS. I WAS WATCHING AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A PROGRAM ON LIGHTS AND ONE MAN SAID, “IF IT CAN’T BE SEEN FROM SPACE, IT AIN’T WORTH DOING.” OTHER PLACES ORGANIZE TOURS AND COMPETITIONS FOR THE BEST DECORATED HOUSES. WE HAVE PLACED OUR FAITH IN THE GIFT, THE TREE, THE MUSIC, EVEN THE FOOD, TO PROVIDE US WITH THE PEACE THAT ONLY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CAN BRING.

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, AND CHRISTMAS IS A THING OF THE PAST FOR THIS YEAR, THE EMPTINESS STILL REMAINS. PEACE ON EARTH LASTS ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME AS CHRISTMAS LACKS ANY REAL DEPTH APART FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

IT IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT PUTS MEANING IN CHRISTMAS, BUT WHO IS HE, AND WHY IS HE SO IMPORTANT. TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE THE QUESTION “WHO IS THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS?” THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION CAN HELP US TRANSFORM HOW WE ANTICIPATE CHRISTMAS TO ALWAYS BEING SPECIAL AND POSITIIVE WHEN WE LEARN HOW MUCH HE LOVES US.

POINT ONE: WHAT MAKES THE BIRTH OF CHRIST SO SPECIAL?

THIS IS THE QUESTION OF THE AGES. WHAT MAKES THE BIRTH OF JESUS WHO IS CALLED THE “CHRIST” SO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER BABY BORN THROUGHOUT HISTORY. THIS IS INDEED THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENT TO UNDERSTANDING CHRISTIANITY.


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