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Summary: I believe many missed the messages that God had sent through His prophets or they knew it and just didn’t care! Why should we seek to be in line to see Jesus?

Where is the line?

Luke 2:1-20

A couple of years ago a holiday song was prompted by a 4-year-old's question, "Where's the Line to See Jesus?" and it went viral in less than two weeks on YouTube with more than a half a million hits.

Becky Kelley's nephew Spencer Reijgers asked this question as they were standing in line at a mall to see Santa that day. "Where's the Line to See Jesus?" She mentioned it to her father later, who is a pianist, his name is Steve Haupt. He wrote a song around this idea and she recorded it.

I would like to play it for you now! (Play Video or cd)

What a impact the song makes! Especially this time of the year.

Christmas is approaching fast or so it seems, every year stores decorate earlier and earlier. This year I noticed they had already started stock the stores with decorations in late October. Now we only have two weeks left. This past Friday I took the day off and we went shopping. We saw shoppers standing in lines to check out and it was amazing how many were impatient. As I was in the back of one of the stores, you can hear the couples going through the store checking their list to be sure no one had been left out! In the Mall’s you could see the children line up to see Santa, so I could envision little Spencer so boldly asking the question—where’s the line to see Jesus?

If Christmas time is the celebration of his birth, then why don’t we see him more?

We’ve all heard the slogan: “Jesus the reason for the season.”

And millions of people this time of the year see the tinsel with all the decorations and the beautiful lights, but so few see Him for Whom this special day is celebrated for.

On that first Christmas morning the line to see Jesus was not very long as some would have you to believe.

The bible tells us about how the shepherds, and angels were gathered to see the newborn King lying in a manger, but that was it. And yes the wise men did come to see Jesus. But they saw Him much later.

When Christ was born in Bethlehem, very few saw the Messiah though His coming had been prophesied again and again.

All of Israel should of turned out that day but they had missed something special. Why everyone still seemed to be in the dark by the time the wise men arrived in Jerusalem.

Matthew 2:3-5 (KJV) 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,

If nothing else the chief priests and the scribes should had lined up by now.

I believe many of them missed the messages that God had sent through His prophets or they knew it and just didn’t care!

Why should we be in line to see Jesus?

1. Because He Is God

Turn with me to Isaiah 7:14

Looked at how Isaiah saw the coming of Messiah as "God with us", this should have been and was exciting news,

Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

God has come not just to put His hand on us and say ’Well done.’

He has come to stay with us, He has come to reside with us!

God came in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 1:1-3 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

John 1:14 (KJV) 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Here we have the testimony of John that Jesus Christ was the Son of the living God.

John also said that Jesus Christ was the Word, the One who had always co-existed with God.

Look with me at what Paul said,

Philippians 2:6-8 (KJV) 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

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