A Right (Not White) Christmas
Before I begin, I must give credit for the outline for this post to my Pastor, Chris Lewellen of North Ripley Baptist Church, who preached this sermon Sunday morning, 12/11/2011. The main outline is his. Some of the comments are mine. Because of the impact his thoughts had on me and my outlook on Christmas, I felt I need to share them with you. My prayer is that you and your families will be extremely blessed this Christmas season.
Many years ago, Bing Crosby recorded a song that has become a Christmas standard titled” White Christmas”. In this post today, we will discuss how to have a “right” Christmas, not a white Christmas. We will very quickly discuss four things that must be included in your Christmas celebration in order for it to be a right Christmas.
First of all, a right christmas must include making room for Jesus. In Luke 2:7, we learn that Mary had to place the baby Jesus in a manger, a feed trough where I live, because there was no room in the inn. The questions here are simple. Have you made room for Jesus in your heart? Turning from sin and accepting God’s gift is a matter of the heart. We must accept the gift og salvation into our heart. Also, have you made room for Jesus in your life? Christmas is a time of hustle and bustle. We run too and fro from one party or event to another and hardly have time for ourselves, much less have a thought about why we celebrate this holiday. We must learn to make room for Jesus in order to have a right christmas.
Secondly, a right christmas includes worship of Jesus.In Luke 2, we see the shepherds coming to Bethlehem after the angels appeared to them and they worshipped Jesus when they got there. Also, in Matthew 2, we see the wise men worshipping Jesus when they brought their gifts to Him. Michael Youseff once said, ” We often worship at the malls of many shops.” I ask you today, Have you included worship of Jesus in your celebration of Christmas?
Third, a right Christmas includes the grace of giving. In Matthew 2:11 we find the Wise Men giving gifts to the baby Jesus. Notice that they gave the best gifts they could give. God the Father also gave the best gift He could give when He gave His only Son for mankind.What about the gifts we are bringing to Jesus? Are we giving the best of our time, out talents and abilities, and out tithes?
Finally, a right Christmas includes telling others about Jesus. Notice in Luke 2:15-18 that once the disciples heard the angels announcement about the baby Jesus, they did two things. First they went to see for themselves. Then they went and told everybody they could about what they had heard and seen. Have you told everyone you could about what you have heard and seen that Jesus has done for you?
These are just four suggestions that can help you to have a right Christmas in your life. I’m sure there are more that we could think of. Maybe this list will help you think of other things needed in a right Christmas.