Text: Read Luke 2:1-20 the Christmas Story
Introduction: 1 Corinthians 1: 27-31 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
The most important event in history happened with the birth of Jesus Christ. Time stopped and started again. Every time you write the date down you honor the birthday of Jesus. Time is noted by BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini – In the Year of the Lord).
Christ was not born in a Castle of a Royal Bloodline. God chose common or base things of the world to send Christ to earth. Let us look at those examples:
Birthplace was a stable where animals were kept. Cradle was an animal feed trough or manger. He was wrapped in strips of cloth.
Stepfather, Father and Mother – Stepfather was a carpenter by trade and a distant relative of David. Father is God. Mother was a poor teenage virgin girl.
Shepherds in the field – Common job of poor men and looked down on by others. They were chosen to tell the Great News to the citizens in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem was a small town with common people; stated in scripture to be the birthplace of the Messiah.
Conclusion: The Greatest Gift ever given to mankind is the gift of Christ coming into the world to offer forgiveness for sin and eternal life. He offers a fresh start (rebirth) to whosoever will accept that Gift.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.