Summary: The great scandal at Christmas is that a Righteous and Holy God, would seek to be in a loving relationship with us.

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The Great Scandal At Christmas

Matthew 1:18-1:25

12-11-05 Isaiah 7:13-17 Luke 1:26-38

Today we know all about scandals. There’s been scandals in our county government. Scandals in our churches, and scandals in our financial system. We find that scandals are nothing new. They happened in the bible with Abraham and Sarah, with David and Bathsheba, and with Jacob and Esau. One of the scandals would have made a great program on that ridiculous scandal of a show Jerry Springer. Here’s here the program would start.

Today we have a young woman engaged to be married. Her fiancée is about to find out that not only is she pregnant, DNA tests reveal that the fiancée is not the father of the child.

Can you imagine it. Laquita is sitting on the stage floor looking real and sexy. In comes Jacques. The audience claps at this rather good looking fellow. He sits down next to Laquita. Jerry says to him, “Jacques we invited you to this show today because you and Laquita are engaged.” Jacques is all smiles and again the audience claps. Then Jerry says, Laquita has something to tell you. Laquita says, “Jacques, I want you to know that I’m pregnant.” The audience goes ahhh in approval.

Jacques is sitting their stunned saying nothing. The audience thinks its great. Jerry then jumps in and says, “but I want you to brace yourself Jacques, the DNA testing reveals that you are not the father of the child. The audience starts yeling uh oh, uh oh. They expect Jacques to go wild. Jacques jumps up and says, “I don’t need any DNA testing to tell me that I’m not the father. Up until now, Laquita has been telling me she was a virgin, and I know good an doggone well I haven’t touched her. So there’s no way that child could be mine.

Jerry asks, “Does this mean the wedding is off.” Jacque responds “Is the wedding off, what kind of stupid question is that. What would you do in my shoes?” I ask you the question as well, “what would you do in Jacques shoes?

It’s almost Christmas time. When we think about Christmas today, it’s so far removed from what the Christmas story is about that many of us are not even aware that it could have been a hit on Jerry Springer. We do not recognize that God caused a scandal in the way God went about arranging that first Christmas. It really caused a lot of gossip and practically ruined a couple of people’s lives and reputations. We hear people talking about getting in the Christmas spirit as though Christmas is nothing more than us feeling good inside about giving and getting presents and telling one another merry Christmas.

I do not want to know whether or not you are in the Christmas spirit. What I want to know is do you have faith in the Christmas scandal. I’m not talking about do you believe in Christmas as you would ask a child do you believe in Santa Claus. To have faith in Christmas means, that you actually believe that God was so concerned about us as human beings, that God actually chose to become one of us, to talk clearly to us.

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