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The Incarnation of the
Triune God; The True Message of Christmas
By Pastor John MacArthur
††† Iíd like to invite you to take your Bible and turn to Philippians chapter 2.
I want to take Philippians chapter 2 verses 6 through 11 as the
text of our Christmas message.
††† Before we read the text and specifically present
what the Spirit of God has said, let me just set our thoughts
in context. At Christmas, we are confronted again with the sometimes
very difficult task of separating the reality of Christmas from
the clutter that surrounds that reality. There is so much confusion
that sometimes you feel like the real Christmas story is like
a diamond lost in a haystack--it just seems impossible to find.
††† Christmas has really become a hopeless muddle
of confusion. The humility and the poverty of the stable are somehow
confused with the wealth and indulgence and selfishness of gift
giving. The quietness of Bethlehem is mingled with the din of
shopping malls and freeway traffic. The soberness of the
incarnation is somehow mixed with the drunkenness of this season.
Blinking colored lights somehow have some connection to the star
of Bethlehem. The room in the inn, so obscure, so dirty with such
meager fare, somehow embraces the thought of a warm house, a fireplace
and opulent feasting. Cheap plastic toys for kids are mixed up
with the true value of the gifts given by wise men. Salesmen somehow
get mixed up with shepherds. Angels are confused with flying
reindeer. The pain of childbirth is mixed with the parties. The
filth of the stable is confounded with the whiteness of fresh
snow. And then thereís Mary, Joseph, Perry Como and Bing Crosby.
And so it goes.
††† The great reality of Christmas, which is the
glory of the Lord being revealed, is obscured by so much tinsel
and activity and commercialism. And I think itís true that Santa
Claus really has become the focus of Christmas for most people.
And Iíve noted in the years that Iíve been ministering, that more
and more each year, Santa Claus takes a dominant place.
††† Now, as we face the reality of Christmas, I
want us to see the true story and this time not from the perspective
of Bethlehem or Joseph or Mary or shepherds or innkeepers or wise
men or Herod or Old Testament prophets, but I want us to
see the Christmas story from the viewpoint of the Holy Spirit
of God as revealed to the Apostle Paul. And I believe it gives
us the real Christmas story. The scenery isnít there. Bethlehem
isnít the issue. Shepherds and wise men and Joseph and Mary and
mangers and oxen, they donít appear in this perspective. But what
is here is the reality of the incarnation. This is one of the
greatest texts in all the Bible.
It is, perhaps, the most profound statement of the Christmas story
anywhere in the Word of God.
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A Sweet Reminder
of Our Lord
By Jim Day
††† Thereís a tradition at West County Assembly
of God Church in Chesterfield, Missouri,
which the congregation and former senior pastor, John Wilson,
use to share each Christmas; Pastor Wilsonís famous Candy Cane Sermon. With Christmas just
a few days away, I thought I would once again share his sermon
with our readers. Itís one of my favorite messages and well worth
sharing with your family, friends and everyone else you come in
contact with during the holidays Ė or year round for that matter.
††† Holding up a candy cane, Pastor Wilson always
started out by telling the audience that there are a lot of ďfake
candy canesĒ on the market today. Fakes come in a wide variety
of colors, shapes, tastes and sizes. The size of the cane, according
to Pastor Wilson, doesnít make a whole lot of difference. However,
the color, shape, flavor and number of stripes on the cane separate
the real thing from impostors.
††† Authentic candy canes are shaped like a shepherdís
crook with a white background, have one wide red stripe, two or
more thin red stripes and must have a peppermint flavor. Any other
candy cane not having these exact characteristics is a fake.
††† So, whatís so special about real candy canes?
Letís take a closer look at this traditional Christmas treat and
††† As mentioned earlier, authentic candy canes
must be shaped like a shepherdís crook or staff.† Shepherds use their staffs to this day to nudge
straggling sheep, gather strays, ward off predators and separate
their goats from their sheep. Christ Jesus is our Shepherd. He
came to earth to save His lost sheep and one day, when we least
expect it, He will return to gather His flock and separate the
goats from the sheep.† His sheep will spend eternity with Him while
the goats will be forever separated from His joy and love and
spend eternity in pain and suffering. In addition to being shaped
like a shepherdís crook, if you turn a candy cane upside down,
it becomes a ďJĒ for Jesus.
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