Summary: Many people miss the real meaning of Christmas. Here’s a sermon about the Innkeepers, King Herod, and the Religious Leaders who all missed the first Christmas. It includes a story about a man who really did miss Christmas.
THE MAN WHO MISSED CHRISTMAS
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, ’He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ "
16And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
How many already have the Christmas spirit?
How many have met someone
who obviously is not in the Christmas spirit?
Has anybody met any Ebeneezer Scrooges?
Have you encountered someone who would say:
“Christmas! Bah! Humbug!”
Today, I’m going to tell you the story
of a man named George Mason.
George Mason’s life was centered in his business. He lived alone and refused all invitations to socialize. His brother’s family had urged him to visit but the children always made too much noise. Besides, he didn’t want to buy presents for his nephews and nieces. Instead he bought some good CDs for himself and planned to listen to them and enjoy himself at home alone.
This morning I want us to focus on
A few of the participants in the first Christmas.
But we’re not going to look at Baby Jesus in the manger.
We won’t focus on Joseph, Mary, the shepherds or the wise men.
Today, we will focus our attention on:
#1 The Innkeepers in Bethlehem
#2 King Herod
#3 The Jewish religious leaders.
Let’s see what we can learn from those people.
Question #1What can we learn from the innkeepers of Bethlehem?
Turn with me to Luke 2:7
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
We talk about THE innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away.
However, the Bible doesn’t mention an innkeeper!
It just mentions an INN.
1. There must have been several Inns.
I believe there were SEVERAL inns in Bethlehem.
I believe they all were full that night!
Every room was occupied by people
who—JUST LIKE JOSEPH AND MARY—
had traveled to Bethlehem for the Roman census.
Bethlehem was the city of King David.
Every living descendant of David would have been there!
This little village must have been bulging:
and all the Inns filled with tired travelers.
Mary and Joseph PROBABLY encountered
numerous “No Vacancy” signs that day!
And with all those doors closed to them,
the Bible says the best place Joseph could find
for Mary to give birth with some measure of privacy
was in a stable which was likely a cave.
So there were probably numerous innkeepers
who missed the opportunity of taking part in the first Christmas.
They were all busy!
They all turned this weary couple away.
2. Nobody was willing to give a helping hand.
Not only did they not give them a ROOM—
apparently they didn’t even call for anyone
to help Mary, a young woman obviously about to give birth.
Luke 2:7 says And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
Back when Jesus was born, there were no hospitals!
Women gave birth with the help of midwives.
Listen to Exodus 1:15-16: -