Christmas is Coming to Town

Introduction:
While not as obvious as in the commercial world, church’s across America and the world have our own ecclesiastical version of “only 25 more shopping days ‘til Christmas.” Those days will evaporate. It won’t be too many days from now you’re going to be taking down the Christmas tree, boxing up the lights, exchanging an unwanted sweater to the store, and Christmas will be over until next year. Somewhere between the start of the countdown and the end, we need to ask ourselves whether we are ready. Are you ready to worship the Christ child and make a bold statement of who we are, what we believe, and where we will be on Christmas?

Something To Talk About:
The Christmas season is something that we have never seen the likes of. The Son of God, eternally existing with God, beyond time is born of a virgin in a stable, announced by angels to fulfill a dozen prophecies. His birth meant that people could stop trying to figure out a mysterious, invisible being called God. Jesus eliminated all the guesswork. We have the answer. He is about the business of saving sinners who have turned aside and made a mess of their lives. So Jesus is born in a manger. He has a childhood, baptism, a forty-day fast followed by temptation, an arrest in the dark of night, a sham trial, a whipping, a crown of thorns, a cross and nails and a horrible death. A tomb and then an empty tomb. So this Christmas season, I encourage you to sit, linger, reflect and pray about the wonder that is Christmas and the sacrifice and love of God the father and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Questions:
1. What does Christmas mean to me? Have I come to terms with what Jesus did for me on Christmas? Examine your holiday spending and what purpose it serves.
2. Pray that in the midst of the busyness of this season we would all find a moment to stop, relax, and rejoice in the truth that this holiday is all about what God has done for us, not what we do for the holiday.
3. God does miracles through ordinary, simple people like Mary and Joseph—and like you and me. What can we do to further the spirit of Christmas this year? Think up some of the ways your family can be Christ to less fortunate people this Christmas.
4. How well do we remember that Jesus was born into the world to save us from our sin? Jesus was born to complete a work of salvation for us, a work we could not even begin to accomplish through our own efforts. Take time to thank God during this holiday season.

Take One Thing Home With You:
Christmas is the best news for everyone, regardless of your background, religion, problems, or circumstances. Beneath all the visible sights and sounds of Christmas are some simple yet profound truths that has or can transform your life for the better here on earth and for forever in eternity. It is important for each of us to understand the implications of Christmas for our lives. If we will slow down for a few minutes and pause to consider the purpose of Christmas, we can receive and enjoy the best Christmas gift you’ll ever be given. It is God’s Christmas gift to you, a gift that will last for all eternity.