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Summary: Spencer, having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday when Christians celebrate the birth of God's Son, with the innocence of a child, he asked his mom, "Where's the line to see Jesus?

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(This Message was given December 24, 2010)

For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures readings proceeding the Message. Today's assigned readings are: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14 and Luke 2:1-20.

Let Us Pray.... O Heavenly Father ....We come to you this evening ....with hearts open .....to your transforming love.

We come seeking your will for our lives.... to be filled to overflowing ....with joy.... and with the Peace that passes all understanding.

O' Come Holy Spirit ...kindle in us.... the fire of your love.

We ask this in the name of your son Jesus the Christ. ....O Come , O come Emanuel. Amen

A few years ago .....while at the mall with his mother and grandpa, .....a four-year-old boy ....watched as children lined up excitedly.... to see Santa Claus.

Having been taught as a toddler.... that Christmas is the holiday .....when Christians celebrate the birth of God's

Son,..... with the innocence of a child, ....he asked his mom, ....."Where's the line to see Jesus?

If Christmas is Jesus' birthday,.... why don't we see him ....more?"

Overhearing,.... his grandpa was so proud .....that little Spencer understood the true meaning of Christmas .....at such a tender age.

But both mother and grandfather......Becky Kelly and Steve Haut.....were so struck by the profoundness of this little boy's question .....and the message inherent within it ......that they collaborated together ....to write and record a song .....based on that experience.

The Title is...... Where's the Line to See Jesus?

Out of the mouths of babes ....sometimes come profound truths ....that many adults .....cannot understand.

On that first Christmas morning..... the line to see Jesus .....was long and distinguished....shepherds and angels...... all gathered ....to see the newborn King .....lying in a manger. (Pause)

These past weeks ....as Christmas was approaching, ....impatient shoppers stood in line at the checkout aisles,

....children lined up to see Santa, .....but....as little Spencer so poignantly asked.....where's the line .....to see Jesus?

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

Consciously or subconsciously, ....most people, .....this time of the year,.... are truly trying .....to catch a glimpse of God.

Christmas .....is that one time ....in the year ....when many make an extra effort.... to find real meaning, ....to find real joy .....in their lives.

This is when ...many people ....make an effort ....to look into the heart of God. ......."Maybe this is the year,"

Maybe this year ....I will find real joy and meaning to my life."

Maybe this year ....I will be able ......to finally understand." (Pause)

Imagine the world ....at the time of Jesus birth.

Imagine .....what Mary saw.

The world was very busy ..... most people were traveling to their hometowns ....to register ....to be taxed ....by Caesar.

Mary ...was one of those people.

So much hustle and bustle.....everyone .....so very busy.

There are so many travelers, ..... that Mary and Joseph .....find no room at the Inn.


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