Summary: What Jesus would have to say about the way we celebrate Christmas.
What Would Jesus Say About Christmas?
Dec. 25, 2005 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she cried* out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4 And his tail swept* away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Rev 12:1-5 (NASB)
I The great conflict surrounding My birth.
A We see a pregnant woman, clothed in the Sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown with 12 stars.
1 Some believe the woman is either the church or Israel.
"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. Mal 4:2 (NASB) Jesus =Son, Sun=Jesus
b And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Your people Israel." Luke 2:25-32 (quickview)  (NASB)
c Standing on the moon
aa The moon doesn’t give off light, it reflects!
cc We are not light, but reflectors of Jesus who has shined on us!
d 12 stars (12 tribes-Christ to world; 12 disciples-message of Christ to the world).
2 We also see a dragon in v. 3-4...Satan
a Stars are the angels in heaven 1/3 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12:9 (NASB)
b What were the devil & his demons doing? 4 And his tail swept* away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.