Of course, many of us understand that the birth of Jesus was significant because of His life, His death, and His resurrection to secure salvation for the fallen creation. Contained in any scripture about Jesus is that He(eternal God) became a man.
Among the classic Christmas texts is the account of the angels appearing to the shepherds on the night Jesus was born. It is recorded for us in Luke 2. We sing songs with the words that the angels spoke – “Glory to God in the highest.” And we put up Christmas displays in lights - “Peace on Earth.”
But, when we think of a Savior coming into the world we often, in our sentimental celebration of the holiday, overlook that the Savior came because we needed a Savior. We need to be saved!
At Christmas, we quote snippets of the Bible, “Peace on Earth” but omit the words “among men with whom He is pleased.” So let us look at the words of Christmas together! The Sermon Text is from Colossians 1:13-14.
If someone asked you where in the Bible they could read about Christmas, where would you direct them?
(which parts of the Bible are not about Jesus?)
If someone asked you to give three words that describe Christmas, what three words would you give?
1) 2) 3)
What, in your opinion, is it about Christmas that is causing many people in our culture to be unwilling to even say the word Christmas?
Identify three words that capture the meaning of Christmas found in Colossians 1:12-14. Explain each.
Explain why, without Jesus being born, none of the above words apply?