Sermons on Christmas
How does one live with the presence of God now; now that you are holy, set aside, and meant for a special purpose? Live as you are the temple of God. The fire of the Holy Spirit lives in you!
Since the fall, God has been working his plan on redeeming humanity and reuniting his relationship with us. Jesus’ incarnation is pinnacle of his plan. God came to earth and dwelt among us. Now we all have access to a relationship with the creator.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” God, desiring to be near His creation met them in the Holiest of the Holy place in temple. That temple took different forms over time and today, God resides in us. We are the temple of God.
The world is broken. Since the fall we know we are not at home. There are many pointers in the bible showing us the hope we have in God’s Kingdom. We confidently climb Mnt. Zion.
One of the most powerful pieces of the Christmas story is the phrase “God with us.” This is an amazing thought! Though humanity first hid from God’s presence He continues to draw nearer and nearer to his people. The story of God coming to be with us is powerful. Living in God’s presence is where we find true fulfillment and joy.
Luke 2:8-20 Luke 2:14 Luke 19:37-40
Luke 2:22-38 1 Corinthians 15:53-55
Luke 1:5-25 Luke 1:57-80
Christmas season often inspires feelings of warmth and comfort. The Christmas story has some elements of conflict to it though. Jesus was born into a world at conflict, and his ministry created conflict. But Jesus came into the world to fix the broken things and nothing is able to stop him.
We aren’t amazed when the description of “X” matches the actual appearance of “X” when we buy a product. However, even though the coming of the messiah was prophesied (description of “X”), we continue to be amazed at the was Christ fulfilled those prophesies.
As we age we tend to forget the faith and wonder surrounding Christmas that we had as children. John marvels in the wonder of the incarnation, and he encourages us to do the same.