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					IT’S CHRISTMAS
  TIME AGAIN
   by Bobby Deason - 12-19-2010
              The Real Meaning
                     Of
               CHRISTMAS
        Christmas: Some Viewpoints
• Some oppose the whole concept of Christmas –
  The Word Christmas, Christmas trees, Christmas
  carols, Christmas lights, Christmas gift giving –
  saying that all of it is rooted in Paganism or
  Catholicism.
• I like Christmas. I like Christ in the word
  Christmas. I like the spirit of love and generosity
  inspired by Christmas. I like the enjoyment of
  family time. I like the beautiful decorations and
  the songs inspired by the birth of Christ.
• I like the reenacting of the birth of Jesus in
  Christmas Pageants by churches in our area.
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     The Origin of the Word Christmas
• The word Christmas originated as a compound
  meaning "Christ's Mass". It is derived from the
  Middle English Christemasse and Old English
  Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.[8]
  "Cristes" is from Greek Christos and "mæsse" is
  from Latin missa (the holy mass).
• The Original Meaning of “Christ’s Mass.” Is a
  Catholic term meaning the “death of Christ,” – not
  His birth (from the 12th century).
      • But that is not what I mean when I say
                       Christmas!
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                    Christmas
  Common Usage Today is the Birth of Christ.
• Christmas is not a Bible Word. But Christ is and His
  Birth is Given Prime Time in the Bible.
• “Definition of CHRISTMAS a Christian feast on
  December 25 or among some Eastern Orthodox
  Christians on January 7 that commemorates the
  birth of Christ and is usually observed as a legal
  holiday” (M. Webster Dictionary).
• English is a living language. Word meanings change
  with time and usage, ex. Thursday’s origin “Thors
  Day” pagan deity. We mean the 5th day of the week,
  not the honor of a Pagan god.
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   And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between
  your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike
                          his heel." Genesis 3:15
            Luke 2:10-14                     Revelation 12:1-6
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be      A great and wondrous sign appeared
afraid. I bring you good news of great joy     in heaven: a woman… was pregnant
that will be for all the people. 11 Today in   And cried out in pain as she was
The town of David a Savior has been            about to give birth. Then another sign
born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This    appeared In heaven: an enormous
will be a sign to you: You will find a baby    red dragon…stood in front of the
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.“      woman who was about to give birth,
13 Suddenly a great company of the             so that he might devour her child the
heavenly host appeared with the angel,         moment it was born. She gave birth
praising God and saying, 14 "Glory             to a son, a male child, who will rule all
to God in the highest, and on earth            the nations with an iron scepter. And
peace to men on whom his favor Rests.”         her child was snatched up to God and
                                               to his throne.
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From Gen. 3:15 to the Cross Satan
     Tried to Kill This Child




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Romans15:7 Accept one another, then, just as
   Christ accepted you, in order to bring
              praise to God.
    • 5 One man considers one day more
       sacred than another; another man
      considers every day alike. Each one
      should be fully convinced in his own
                      mind.

•   6 He who regards one day as special,
           does so to the Lord.
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 What I Like Most Of All About Christmas is the
 Historical Fact of and Reason For Jesus’ Birth.
• Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an
  angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and
  said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take
  Mary home as your wife, because what is conceiv-
  ed in her is from the Holy Spirit.
• 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give
  him the name Jesus, because he will save his
  people from their sins."
• 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had
  said through the prophet:
• 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth
  to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which
  means, "God with us.“ (Isaiah 7:14)
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The Birth of Christ (The Historical Account)
    Luke 2:1-20     (The Real Christmas Story)
• Luke 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a
  decree that a census should be taken of the
  entire Roman world.
• (Note the Historical Specifics)
• 2 (This was the first census that took place
  while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
• 3 And everyone went to his own town to
  register.
• 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of
  Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the
  town of David, because he belonged to the
  house and line of David.
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 The Birth of Jesus is A Matter of History!
• 5 He went there to register with Mary,
  who was pledged to be married to
  him and was expecting a child.
• 6 While they were there, the time
  came for the baby to be born,
• 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn,
  a son. She wrapped him in cloths and
  placed him in a manger, because there
  was no room for them in the inn.       10
        The Birth Of Jesus
God In The Flesh – Born of a Virgin




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 The Birth of Christ is a Matter of God’s
Eternal Purpose and Plan, Luke 2, cont’d
• 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields
  nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
• 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the
  glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
  terrified.
• 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I
  bring you good news of great joy that will be for all
  the people. (Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3 – “The Promise”)
• 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been
  born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
• 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby
  wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
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     The Angels and The Shepherds
• 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host
  appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
• 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
  peace to men on whom his favor rests."
• 15 When the angels had left them and gone into
  heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go
  to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
  which the Lord has told us about."
• 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
  and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
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        IMMANUEL – GOD IS WITH US!
     “The Word Became Flesh,” John 1:14.
• 17 When they had seen him, they spread the
  word concerning what had been told them about
  this child,
• 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the
  shepherds said to them.
• 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and
  pondered them in her heart.
• 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and
  praising God for all the things they had heard
  and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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    IMMANUEL – GOD IS WITH US!
• Announcement of His birth – The Angels
• Reason for His birth – “Savior, Christ the Lord”
• Reactions to His birth:
  – Angels praising God
  – Shepherds saw Him and spread the word
  – Those who heard the story were amazed
  – Mary treasured all these things up in her heart
  – Shepherds praised and glorified God

  – God is One of Us Now – WHY?
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Heb. 2: 11 Both the one who makes men holy and
those who are made holy are of the same family.
 So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
• 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in
  their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him
  who holds the power of death-- that is, the devil--
• 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by
  their fear of death.
• 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's
  descendants.
• 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in
  every way, in order that he might become a merciful and
  faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might
  make atonement for the sins of the people.
• 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he
  is able to help those who are being tempted.
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   There Are Abuses of Christmas,
But Shouldn’t Discourage Godly Views
  Saint Nicolas       Santa Claus




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     It Is Our Responsibility to Set Our
     Minds on Jesus – He is Our Center.
• He will either be in first place or no place. He will not accept
  being a runner up. Not even to the church. The church must
  not be put ahead of Jesus. The church is His body and He is
  its’ Head. The church must not be an “Alter Christus” to us.
       • Hebrews 13:8-16 – “We Have An Altar – JESUS”

• DISCIPLESHIP/FOLLOWING CHRIST IS DEMANDING, (See
  Luke 14:25-35)

• Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
  set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the
  right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on
  earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden
  with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears,
  then you also will appear with him in glory.
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  Having a child, Especially The First One
             Is Very Exciting.
• Imagine that scene in the stable of Bethlehem.
  First time parents, in the presence of a baby just
  out of Mary’s womb, who is God in an infant’s
  body. Remember Gabriel’s announcement to
  Mary about this child, Luke 1:26-38.
• This is a first and a last in all of Human History. A
  miraculous conception and a natural birth. The
  creator of the universe in a newborn’s body. God
  almighty - a little baby – dependent and vulner-
  able to all of the trials of humanity. WOW!!
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     Kid’s Lined Up To See Santa Claus
• While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then
  four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to
  see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler
  that Christmas is the holiday that Christians cele-
  brate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom,
                            •
     “Where's the line to see Jesus"?
• My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immed-
  iately became inspired and jotted words down to a
  song in just a few minutes.
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"Where's the Line to See Jesus?“
            http://wheresthelinetoseejesus.com


           (An Original Song)
Performed by father and daughter, Steve
                 Haupt
            and Becky Kelley
 Inspired by grandson, Spencer Reijgers
   Written by Steve Haupt and Chris
                 Loesch                          21
  “From the lips of children and infants you have
          ordained praise…” (Psa. 8:2)
• “Out of the mouths of babes come profound
  truths that many adults can not understand.
  Hopefully Spencer's observation will cause
  people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus,
  and that one day we will all stand in line to see
  Him.
• We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to
  have this chance to share our music with you.”

           Merry Christmas everyone.
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           “Where Is The Line To See Jesus?”
Christmas time was approach-               As I stood in amazement, at
ing, snow is starting to fall,             this message profound, I
shoppers choosing their pres-              looked down to thank him, he
ents, people filling the mall.             was nowhere around. Little
Children waiting for Santa,                boy at the mall, might as well
with excitement and glee, a                have had wings, as the tears
little boy tugged my sweater,              filled my eyes, but I heard him
looked up and asked me.                    sing. Where’s the line to see
Where’s the line to see Jesus?             Jesus? Is He here at the store?
Is He here at the store? It’s              It’s Christmas time, it’s His
Christmas time, it’s His birth             birthday. Why don’t we see
day. Why don’t we see Him more?            Him more?                    23
      http://wheresthelinetoseejesus.com
        Where Is The Line To See Jesus?
Where’s the line to see Jesus? He        Where’s the line to see
was born for me. Santa Claus
                                         Jesus? He was born for me.
brought me presents, But Christ
gave His life for me. In the blink of
                                         Santa Claus brought me
an eye, at the sound of His trump,       presents.
we’ll all stand in line at His throne.      But Christ gave His life
Every knee shall bow down, every                   for me.
tongue will confess, that Jesus            Where is the line to See
Christ is Lord. Where’s the line to                  Jesus?
see Jesus? Is He here at the store?
                                           Where is the line to See
It’s Christmas time, it’s His birth-
                                                     Jesus?
day. Why don’t we see Him more?
                                           Where is the line to See
http://wheresthelinetoseejesus.com                   Jesus?         24
Paint Like A 3 Year Old by: Georgia Jeffers
                 12/11/10
 It started out neat and clean. The plan seemed good.
 The small amount of French Blue paint with the Q-
 tip set out on newspaper, the quick "how-to" lesson,
 and "adult supervision". Ten minutes later we were
 both covered with, yes, French Blue paint, hands,
 arms, patio table, but not so much on the roof of the
 bird house. Somewhere between the "be carefuls"
 and the "we don't need so much,” I gave up and
 gave in. The pure liberating joy of it all transported
 me back to my own childhood days of abandon and
 creative discovery. She taught me a quick "how-to"
 lesson today.
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Somewhere between the "be carefuls" and the "we
   don't need so much,” I gave up and gave in.




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        How does life get so hectic?
Sometime between those magical days of preschool
and 1st grade life gets so serious. Deadlines already
imposed, benchmarks expected, each word, gesture,
expression measured, noted and recorded. Teachers
meeting, parents competing, and children caught up in
the middle. Does it all have to be so? At least for a
while today I was able to be 3 again, free again. My
precious granddaughter, Megan has more lessons to
teach me I'm sure.
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 As we get closer to the day,
          Dec 25th
the stress and urgency is noted all
around. The point of this celebration
is missed when we get caught up in
it. The sweetness and joy of just
painting a bird house together made
more sense than going to the mall,
buying more STUFF and missing out
on making a memory. Isn't that what
it's all about anyway?
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        So this Christmas
and going forward, I will strive to do
 just that. In the end that's all we
 really have in this life, so I hope to
 make some good ones.
Time well spent, meals enjoyed, stories
 re-told, stories re-lived. And hope-
 fully, I will carry more than a memory
 from today.
Hopefully I will learn to think, live, and
 on occasion paint like a 3 year old.
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        Jesus said,“ Let
         the
        little children
MEGAN    come to
        me, and do not
         hinder
        them, for the
         kingdom       30
   Look at the Baby. He is So Cute! He looks
            Like His Mother, Mary.
• There is something exciting and special about a
  newborn baby. They are cute, cuddly, dependent,
  and demanding. I’m sure Jesus was.

• Baby Jesus. His birth is easy to acknowledge and
  celebrate. Praise God for Him. Then go our way
  with life as usual. But there is more to the story.

• As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now for the Rest of
  the Story.”                                       31
    Christmas: The Rest of the Story,
         Matthew to Revelation
• The boy Jesus, Luke 2:40-52
• The carpenter, Mark 6:3
• The teacher and Lord, John 13:13
• The Sacrificial Lamb – Born to die, John
  1:29
• The Living King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
  Revelation 1:17-18; 17:14; 19:11-16

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     Imagine If Jesus Had Not Come.
 I’m So Glad He Was Born as One of Us.
• The Gospel Writers Show Us the Real Jesus. We
  need to see Him as He Really is.
• He is so much more than a baby in a stable.
• Without His Birth There would be No Immanuel.
• Without His Life There Would be No Cross.
• With His Cross We would have NO HOPE!
  • With JESUS we have EVERYTHING We Need,
                  Romans 8:28-39.
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           Jesus Is All That We Need
                   Romans 8:
• 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good
  of those who love him, who have been called according to
  his purpose.
• 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be
  conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the
  firstborn among many brothers.
• 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he
  called, he also justified; those he justified, he also
  glorified.
• 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is
  for us, who can be against us?
 • 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up
        for us all-- how will he not also, along with him,
                   graciously give us all things?
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   Jesus: He Is Our Everything
• 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom
  God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
• 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who
  died-- more than that, who was raised to life-- is at
  the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
• 35 Who shall separate us from the love of
  Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution
  or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
• 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all
  day long; we are considered as sheep to be
  slaughtered."
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37 No, in all these things we are more than
  conquerors through him who loved us.
 • 38 For I am convinced that neither
    death nor life, neither angels nor
  demons, neither the present nor the
        future, nor any powers,
  • 39 neither height nor depth, nor
  anything else in all creation, will be
  able to separate us from the love of
   God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 36
Jesus Was Born to Die and Live Again




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His Cross and Crown are Our Glory




                                 KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
                                            REV. 19:16

      Hallelujah Chorus, p. 29      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE
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Matthew 4:15-16 – “A Light Has Dawned”
• Do not let all the abuses of this time of year make
  you cynical or bitter toward the world. Have a joy-
  ful heart – “JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS
  COME!” Adorn His beauty! Shine His Glory! Be His
  Light in this Dark World.
     • “Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me.”
     • “Jesus Loves Me.” “O How I Love Jesus.”
• The Real Spirit of Christmas is to know the real
  Jesus Lord and to love, serve and follow him 365
  days a year. Let’s resolve to do exactly that.
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Whenever You Chose Have A God Blessed Day
Celebrating The Birth of Jesus Christ Our Savior




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