Summary: A Poetic Sermon that the Holy Spirit helped me with about Jesus’ Divinely-guided escape from Herod and how JESUS is the Reason for celebrating Christmas. Be blessed, in Jesus’ Name!

"The Reason"

By Sterling Franklin

Let’s open up with a word of Prayer...

Our Mighty Lord, we Praise You for who You are, what you have done, are doing, and WILL do. Father, thank You SO MUCH for sending Your Only Begotten Son to earth, not to condemn the world, but to Save it. Bless us with this study, Lord, thank You for the Freedom that is in You and You Alone. For whosoever the Son sets free is free indeed! Let us remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas - Jesus’ Birth - and not some hoax on the side, which may draw us away from You. Bring us ever closer to You, Lord, by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord, we ask this in agreement in Jesus’ Name, the Name above ALL names, amen.

The Hope for you and the Hope for me,

Came through the Cross at Calvary,

No ordinary man, but the Son of God,

Conquered death and, from sin, set us free.

Revelation 1:18 - I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Many today forget this True Vine,

The miracle worker who turned water to wine,

The one who the publicans named a fraud,

The one who did leave us His Spirit Divine.

John 15:1-3 - 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

John 14:26 - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

They instead think of Santa, that Satan of Claws,

They forget about Jesus and His Liberating Laws,

His Birth and His Coming, they don’t celebrate,

More concerned about getting the gifts they await.

John 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

The BEST Gift of all was the one of God’s Son,

Jesus Christ, sent to earth, part of the Great Three-in-One,

Infinite and Just, coming not to condemn,

But to Save the whole world, and make fishers of men.

2 Corinthians 9:15 - Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

John 3:17 - For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Matthew 4:19-20 - 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

One ’Grinch’ of the time who tried to spoil Jesus’ Birth,

Was one, a king Herod, with a humbleness dearth (lack)...

Herod was king when our Savior was earth-born,

He heard about Him and his sanity was torn,

He sent out three ’Wise Men’ to search for the Child,

To bring back location of the Babe Undefiled.

Matthew 2:1-8 - 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Herod tried to trick the Wise Men by telling them such,

He would come to Baby Jesus and worship Him much,

But deep in his heart, he wanted Him dead,

Yet the Wise Men followed a Command of God instead!

Matthew 2:9-12 - 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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