Summary: The most important birth was Jesus’ birth. Let’s consider: 1- the time came 2- the birth happened 3- the inn refused
INTRO.- ILL.- Four expectant fathers were in Minneapolis hospital waiting room, while their wives were in labor.
The nurse arrived and announced to the first man, "Congratulations sir, you’re the father of twins."
"What a coincidence" the man said with some obvious pride. "I work for the Minnesota Twins baseball team."
The nurse returned in a little while and turned to the second man, "You sir, are the father of triplets."
"Wow, that’s really an incredible coincidence," he answered. "I work for the 3M Corporation." My buddies at work will never let me live this one down.
An hour later, while the other two men were passing cigars around, the nurse came back, this time she turn to the 3rd man - who had been quiet in the corner. She announced that his wife had just given birth to quadruplets.
Stunned, he barely could reply. "Don’t tell me! Another coincidence?" asked the nurse. After finally regaining his composure, he said, "I don’t believe it, I work for the Four Seasons Hotel."
After hearing this, everybody’s attention turned to the 4th guy, who had just fainted. The nurse rushed to his side and after some time, he came out of it. When he was finally able to speak, you could hear him whispering repeatedly the same phrase over and over again.
"I should have never taken that job at 7-Eleven...”
Brothers and sisters, your birth was very significant, very important. You were very important to your mom and dad and to your Heavenly Father.
If you think your parents ever gloated over you, what do you think your Heavenly Father did? If we oohed and aahed over our babies, I wonder what He did? If we were glad, wonder how He felt? You and your babies are more important than you think.
ILL.- Like Max Lucado wrote: “God is crazy about you. If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it. Whenever you would talk, He would listen. And you might go days without thinking of Him, but there would never be a moment when He would not be thinking of you.”
You are the most important thing in the world, in all of God’s creation! In our text, of course, there was none better than the Lord Jesus. Why? He was God’s Son. How could God not love Him? More than once in scripture, God said, “This is my son, whom I love.” He was loved by His father, adored and approved.
PROP.- In our text, we see the most important birth ever. Let’s see the process and what happened.
1- the time came
2- the birth happened
3- the inn refused
I. THE TIME CAME
Luke 2:6 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born…” THE TIME CAME.
My timing and your timing may well be different than God’s timing. When did you ever hit the nail on the head? When did you ever do the right thing at the right time?
ILL.- On Sunday night, Nov. 19th, we had our Area Church Thanksgiving service at our church. We took up an offering for Roger Celis of the Philippines. The amount came to $838. That offering was very good. Now for the truly amazing part! Just two days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21st, Brother Roger Celis wrote me a note via email.
“Dear Bro. Steve,
My wife was in the hospital for six days due stomach ulcer. She received three bags of blood because of internal bleeding. She is now home and under medication. We are in financial crisis but we know the Lord will supply our needs.”
I wrote Roger back to tell him about our missionary offering and also to tell him that our church was sending him money for Christmas. I also asked him how much his hospital bill was. He didn’t give me the exact figure but he did write back to tell me that the money was enough to pay what they borrowed for their hospital bills. NOW HOW IS THAT FOR PERFECT TIMING? And also, perfect provision?!
Our timing is not always good, but God’s timing is perfect.
Gal. 4:4-5 “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.”
Essentially, this verse is saying that when the time was just right God sent Jesus to be our Savior! PRAISE GOD! Do you realize how blessed we are to be living under the new covenant dispensation rather than the old covenant?
We can’t praise Him enough. At just the right time God gave us a savior….He saved us in Jesus! God’s timing is perfect!