Summary: If Jesus had never been born…how would we be affected, for one thing... groups wouldn't be threatening to sue over the phrase of Merry Christmas and replacing it with happy holidays... Because there would be NO CHRISTMAS..NO JOY...And NO HOPE EITHER!
*before you read any further...I want to acknowledge that the outline of this sermon is from John Gastons sermon "What if Jesus had never been born"
It's a great word and one that can be adapted to everyone's personal
preferences as I have
I believe it is one that every pastor should read...it's a different perspective on Christmas and one that should be shared.
What Would Christmas Be...With out Christ?
John 15:22 NKJ
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin
I'm sure we all remember the movie it's a wonderful life… That had Jimmy Stewart playing the part of George Bailey who worked at a small town Savings and Loan bank as a loan officer
And George was a great guy, but someone played a trick on him and made it look like he had turned out to be dishonest.
And one thing led to another until George is finally pushed to the point of suicide
But God sends an Angel to him just before he's ready to jump off of a bridge
into the river
The angels name is Clarence… And he begins to tell George it's not so bad and everything will work out alright...but then George proceeds to tell him that it is bad enough that he wishes he had never been born
And George gets what he wishes for...The angel takes him on an incredible journey
to his sleepy little town and what life would've been like without him being in it
George goes back to a town that has been given over to gambling, drinking, and other illicit things… The people he had always known as kind and nice were mean, hard, and rude.
In other words without George involved, the town had went to Hell in a hand-basket
George finally begins to comprehend the incredible difference of what he thought
his miserable life had made on that community and the ones that he loves
and he begs the angel to reverse the terrible request that he made.
George is once again glad to be alive, despite his terrible difficulties, because he can now see the impact for good that his life had upon his town, friends, and family.
And if you don't see the movie this year..I'm sure you just went through it from the memories you have of it.
And that brings me to today's message…
As I was driving around the other night I couldn't help but notice that hardly no one decorates anymore the exteriors of their houses during Christmas season.
Oh you'll see a nice display of lights occasionally here and there…oh and there's always the one house,
you know the way over-the-top house with every thing imaginable except for anything that has to do with the real meaning of Christmas
And the downtown area is just not the same anymore as far as Christmas decorations go… There are few and far in between
In the world we live there are many different groups of people
whose only objective is to try to get rid of anything that pertains
to God or his son Jesus
Prayer has been eradicated from school…
They say that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the mention of God…
They're all for the first amendment as long as you don't use it for religious purposes…