Summary: This sermon talks about what happened after Jesus birth. Three things took place that changed civilization, a great Boxing Day or New Years sermon.
Title: The Day After Christmas
Text: Luke 2:21-24
- Today is boxing day, the day after Christmas.
- Many things happen on Boxing Day that don’t happen on Christmas day.
- For example there are some great sales in stores on boxing day.
- The mail boxes are full of flyers advertising the big sale of the year.
- Stores are trying to get rid of Christmas decorations and lights and they go for unbelievable prices.
- Another example is Christmas starts all over again for some families.
- My wife’s side of the family will be coming over to have Christmas gathering. It will be a time of more food, more presents and more people.
- What about the children? What are the children doing the day after Christmas?
- I can only give you my experience from last night.
- After all the presents were opened and we had a fun day of playing with all the toys, did something funny take place.
- Last night both my daughters were asleep in bed, and I went in to check on them.
- I found Jocelyn under her blankets but something was on her.
- She had received a hat and mitt set of Dora and she wore it to bed.
- Sweat coming off her body, but she would not remove the hat and mitt set.
- All I saw from Mackenzie was a big white cat coming from her pillow, face buried in the cat. Of coarse I got pictures of the whole thing.
- These are just some of the things that happen the day after Christmas.
- There is a movie called the day after tomorrow, which is about how the world entering a new ice age so it can repair all that pollution has done to the world and start off fresh.
- The movie shows after the ice age a new world of fresh air and a clean environment.
- Well Jesus did the same thing by coming into the world over 2000 years ago.
- He came to align the world with Himself and make it our lives purposeful, peaceful, and joyful.
- Our world will never be the same again because of Christ did. Being born of a virgin, and dying on the Cross.
- It has the power to change people forever.
- So have you ever wondered what happened after Jesus was born?
- 3 things took place that I want to share with you this morning, that will bring meaning to the day after Christmas.
Point 1: Circumcision
- Jesus was circumcised eight days after birth.
- Circumcision symbolized the Jews separation from Gentiles and their unique relationship with God.
Lev 12:3 says, “On the eighth day the boy’s foreskin must be circumcised”
- It was a covenant with God of separation.
- Circumcision today means giving up our sinful lifestyle.
- Circumcision does not bring us closer to God today, but rather having our hearts circumcised according to Rom 2:29 and I Cor 7:19 and they both read:
Rom 2:28-29 says, “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”
I Cor 7:19 says, “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.”
- When we covenant with God, the blessings we receive outweigh what we must give up.
- That is small in comparison to what we are going to inherit both now and in eternity.
- Circumcision was a setting apart.
- So Jesus was circumcised to keep the law, but also to be our example of being separate from the world and living for God by faith.
- Nailing our sinful nature on the cross is what circumcising your heart is all about.
- Submitting to Christ in faith through obedience to His word.
- The next thing that happened the day after Christmas was.......
Point 2: Redemption Of First Born
- Jesus was presented to God one month after His birth.
- The ceremony included buying back, or redeeming the child from God through an offering. This way, the parents acknowledged that the child belonged to God.
- God is the only one who has the power to give life.
(Read Exodus 13:2 and 11-16)
- What does it mean to buy back every firstborn son?
- It was to serve as a reminder of what God had done in Egypt, He spared the oldest son of every house marked with the blood on the doorframe.
- God wanted the Israelites to buy their sons back from Him. This ritual served 3 main purposes: