CHRISTMAS + CHRIST Have yourself a very balanced Christmas.
CHRISTMAS + CHRIST Have yourself a very balanced Christmas. Right Attitude The Cradle The Cross The Crown Balanced Christmas
Biblical Text 1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was king. After Jesus' birth wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem. 2 They asked, "Where is the one who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star rising and have come to worship him." 3 When King Herod and all Jerusalem heard about this, they became disturbed. 4 He called together all the chief priests and scribes and tried to find out from them where the Messiah was supposed to be born. Matthew 2:1-4 (God's Word Version)
Biblical Text 5 They told him, "In Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this: 6 Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah. A leader will come from you. He will shepherd my people Israel." 7 Then Herod secretly called the wise men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8 As he sent them to Bethlehem, he said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you have found him, report to me so that I may go and worship him too." Matthew 2:5-8 (God's Word Version)
Biblical Text Matthew 2:1-12 (God's Word Version) 9 After they had heard the king, they started out. The star they had seen rising led them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 They were overwhelmed with joy to see the star. 11 When they entered the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary. So they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they left for their country by another road.
Attitude Finding the right attitude this Christmas. Herod: “Kill and destroy!” Priest: “Like I care?” Wise Men: “We came to worship!”
Become like King Herod Hostile towards the true meaning of Christmas. Step 1 Step 3 Goal! Pretend you're big fan of Christmas. Step 2 Find out the best place to party. Get disturbed when there are no gifts. Take the life out of Jesus.
Become like the Priests They knew yet they didn't care. Step 1 Step 3 Goal! Be indifferent at all costs this Christmas. Step 2 Find out the best way to make excuses. Follow steps on how to become like Herod. Jesus, no difference in my life.
Become like the Wise Men They were drawn to Christ and came to worship Him. Step 1 Step 3 Goal! No distance too great to draw near to Christ. Step 2 An obstacle to overcome is never an excuse. No sacrifice is ever too great for me to make. Jesus will totally change my life!
A Right Christmas Finding the real meaning of Christmas. The Cradle The Cross The Crown
The Cradle God in a cradle! God in human flesh! Matthew 1:21 John 1:14 1 Timothy 3:16 Galatians 4:4-5 2 Cor. 5:18-19
The Cross His death and resurrection gave meaning to His birth. Christ's Sacrificial love John 18:37
Balanced Christmas A right Christmas includes: Making room for Jesus The grace of giving Telling others! The room He seeks today is in our hearts. Worship The true meaning of Christmas is the worship of Jesus. Jesus gave His life for you and me. Take the message of Christ to those who haven't heard!