Summary: Many people make Christmas about everything but Christ.
What is Your Christmas All About?
Series: Christmas with the Classics
November 27, 2011
Movie Clip: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
Key Question: What is your Christmas all about? (Empty religion) – Contentment
Scene: When Charlie Brown asks what Christmas is all about
Possible texts – Matthew 2 (Main Text)
Contentment – I have learned to be content
The problem: Religious leaders knew the Truth but failed to act on it.
These leaders were the primary religious experts of the day. These chief priests and teachers of law were those who carried out religious experience and instruction. The information about the Messiah was not hidden from them but they did nothing with it. The information was obvious to them and is shown by their quick response to King Herod.
Review information about Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law
Understand that these leaders were at summon of a pagan ruler. Their focus was on pleasing the earthly king not their heavenly king. They refused to explore and examine the truth. If anyone should have welcomed the Messiah, it should have been the Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law.
LOTR – Return of the King: Gondor had been without a king for a long period of time and there were individuals entrusted with leadership of the land. These individuals were given the task of preparing for the rise of a new king. Instead of being ready for the new king to come to power, they fought the ascent of the king.
Israel was going through a similar situation, the Chief Priests and the Teachers of the Law should have been making things ready for the rise of the king. The religious leaders were either not interested in the rise of the messiah or they wished to remain in leadership.
The result was a spiritual power struggle to remain in authority. How often are churches plagues with issues of power and control. We struggle with Christ to have full control over our lives.
How often does the world summon us to compromise on our values and beliefs?
What hope is gained here? The Messiah has come! Jesus has already come to our world to draw us close to God. Jesus made the choice to draw near to us so we could draw near to God. There is no better hope. The Messiah is the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore the kingdom of David. The Messiah is the embodiment of God’s desire to bring His people home. The Messiah is the promised King. The Messiah is our hope!
Jesus brings wholeness and completion to our lives. The message of Christmas is that we do not have to live any longer waiting and longing for something more or something greater in our lives. The wait is over we can have it now! Jesus brings fullness to empty religion. Jesus brings life to empty spirituality. Jesus brings hope to a hopeless existence. Jesus makes all things new. Jesus brings His divine power to connect with our divine weakness.
Jesus is our hope
Only because of Jesus we can experience hope.
Jesus is the source of our hope