What Christmas is Really About

(Luke 2:6-20; Pas. Baines, Jr. 12/2018)

Introduction: Christians should come to Christmas with more on our minds than gift exchanges, food, and family – or the lack there of. Christians should make sure that Christ is at the center of Christmas. This discussion centers on how, “We should work on experiencing and sharing Jesus.”

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Key Points:

1. Thank God for revealing Himself to common people. Notice in Luke 2:8-9 that God revealed Himself and His will to the common working shepherds. In like manner, God is still showing Himself to and calling common people.

On one hand, there are those called to sit in influential seats in the church and have advance preparation. Pastors ought to have some preparation and influence beyond what is expected of the membership.

But on the other hand, God doesn’t restrict Himself to those with advance preparation and influence. God can use you, no matter your lot in life. Let’s work on being open to God using us, despite having low social status. 

2. Come to the manager looking for Jesus. Notice in Luke 2:15 that the shepherds came to the manger looking for Jesus. A manger is a dirty stinking place. Yet the shepherds went looking for and found Jesus in the dirty stinking manger.

In like manner, many churches leave much to be desired. They have some filth and stench in them. But yet, if you come looking for Jesus, you can find Him. Let’s work on looking for Jesus, despite the negativity of our day.

In church settings, look for Jesus in the lyrics of the songs, prayers, and sermon. Look for Him in the spirit of those who came to worship the Lord. 

3. Experience Jesus as savior. Notice in Luke 2:17 that the shepherds experienced Jesus. You should make sure that you experience Jesus as your savior. Never forget that all of humanity was born in sin and the wages of sin is death.

But thank God, Jesus died and paid for our sins, if we accept Him as the basis for our being forgiven or saved from the penalty of our sins (see Jn. 3:16; I Jn. 5:11-12). Let’s make sure that we have experienced Jesus as our savior. 

4. Experience Jesus as lord. Notice in Luke 2:17 that that shepherds experienced Jesus. You should make sure that you experience Jesus as your lord. For Jesus to be “lord” means that He is in charge.

To the extent that we study and obey God’s word, we experience Him as lord of our lives. His ways are better for us than our ways. Let’s work on studying and obey God’s word like He is lord of our lives.

5. Share Jesus with your lips. Notice in Luke 2:17 that the shepherds verbally shared Jesus with others. In like manner, when you have experienced Jesus, it should come natural for you to tell others about it.

Most of our churches would have more people in them, if we talked more about Jesus and less about the filth and stench of the manger. Let’s work on inviting and bringing people with us to worship and study periods, so they can experience Jesus with us.

6. Share Jesus with our life. Notice in Hebrews 13:15-16 that believers are called to share with their lips and lives. When our lips and lives are not saying the same thing, people tend to watch our lives more than listen to our lips.

We share Jesus with our lives by obeying His commandments to love Him and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on sharing Jesus with our lives.

What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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