From The Sermon: First Sunday of Christmas
…What a gift He gave that first Christmas; His Son. He loved is so much that He gave Him for us. The birth of Mary’s boy is proof.
And, this is about the point where we all say, “Yes. Yes, I know this. God loves me. He rescued me from darkness, forgives my sins, and one day, will take me away to heaven. Praise God.” And, we praise God for all of about 30 seconds.
There is someplace inside of us that still wonders, “But, what about now? What about this in-between time…between the forgiveness of sins and heaven? What about when the dryer breaks, the roof leaks, the checkbook is lean, or a relationship is in conflict?” Does Christmas have anything to do with that?…
This sermon was preached at The Gathering Church in Spartanburg, SC on 12/30/18 and re-recorded on 12/31/18.
To learn more about The Gathering, please visit their website at: https://gatheringspartanburg.com.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. – ESV
1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.They will come in and go out, and find pasture.10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – NIV
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