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Christmas Eve 2021

Have you grown so familiar with the Christmas story that it’s lost some of its awe and wonder? In this Christmas Eve message, John Elmore shows us how amazing the birth of Christ was, and how the Almighty God intentionally chose to reveal Himself to those who were most humble, lowly, and distant from Him.

John ElmoreDec 24, 2021

In This Series (6)
The Story: Your Next Chapter
David Penuel, Jennie Allen, Blake HolmesDec 26, 2021
Christmas Eve 2021
John ElmoreDec 24, 2021
The Story: Restoration
John ElmoreDec 19, 2021
The Story: Redemption
David MarvinDec 12, 2021
The Story: The Fall
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 5, 2021
The Story: Creation
John ElmoreNov 28, 2021

Summary

Have you grown so familiar with the Christmas story that it’s lost some of its awe and wonder? In this Christmas Eve message, John Elmore shows us how amazing the birth of Christ was, and how the Almighty God intentionally chose to reveal Himself to those who were most humble, lowly, and distant from Him.

Key Takeaways

  • When God sent Jesus to the world, He announced the Savior’s birth to the humble, the lowly, and the distant.
  • Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem for the census (Luke 2:1-5). From “Beth Lehem”—literally “House of Bread”—would come the Bread of Life.
  • Joseph’s relatives lived in Bethlehem. So there was not only no room at the inn (Luke 2:6-7); there was no room with their kin. Their own family shut them out, likely scorning them for being pregnant before marriage.
  • Mary and Joseph were in very humble circumstances, having nothing, and yet were there with God in the flesh, having everything.
  • As it was then, so it is now: the only way to receive Jesus is in desperate humility. The proud have no need for Jesus; they think that they are good and fine, and don’t need to be forgiven by anyone. It is the humble, the poor in Spirit, that Jesus would later say will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3).
  • God could have sent angels to someone powerful or important—like Caesar Augustus, or King Herod, or the High Priest—to announce Jesus’s birth. But He chose lowly shepherds instead (Luke 2:8-20).
  • The shepherds were lowly and knew they were lowly, which is a good place to be before Almighty God.
  • Regardless of home, occupation, salary, zip code, education, marital status, or anything else we might put our hope or faith or trust in, may we this Christmas realize our lowly state. None of us can boast in the presence of God, but should instead give Him all the glory.
  • The Magi, or wise men, were distant from God’s people and distant from God. But they saw the star and recognized that Jesus was King, and that He was God in the flesh, worthy of worship (Matthew 2:1-10).
  • They gave Jesus gold, a gift fit for a king; frankincense, which was the incense burned to worship God; and myrrh, an embalming spice used for bodies in tombs (Matthew 2:11).
  • No matter how distant you are from God and His people, today can be a day of return. Christmas can be the day you return to Christ, stop worshipping the things of the world, and worship Jesus.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Who do you relate to most closely in the Christmas story? What similarities do you share with that person or those people?
  • Are you more likely to find yourself distant from God due to drift, distraction, or outright rebellion? What can you do today to draw nearer to Him?
  • How can you go be a “light of the world” this Christmas season (Matthew 5:14-16)?

Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources

  • Suggested Scripture study: Philippians 4:11-13; Matthew 5:3; Psalm 18:27; Matthew 23:12; John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 1:28-29; Numbers 24:17; Daniel 9:25-26; Acts 2:39; John 1:4-5
  • Article: Why Christmas Matters