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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 1:11

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"WHY CHRISTMAS?"
Intro: "I hope Christ doesn't come on Christmas."
I. PEOPLE ARE SO INVOLVED CELEBRATING HIS FIRST COMING, THEY WOULDN'T BE READY FOR HIS 2ND.
A. The Christmas story is beautiful, but means nothing unless you consider the purpose.
1. To destroy works of the devil.
2. To take away sin.
3. To reveal the Father.
4. To prepare for His Second Coming.
B. Sad note in Christmas story, "No room in the inn."
1. No room in Palestine (Herod sought to kill Him.)
2. No room on earth (man suspended Him...)
3. And now we celebrate His birth, how?
a. How should His birth be celebrated? (Friends who placed lighted cross in yard as Christmas decoration.)
1. He sacrificed so much for us. We should make some great sacrifice for Him.
2. The day spent in meditation, has He--
a. Destroyed the works of the devil in my life?
b. Taken away my sin?
c. Revealed the Father to me?
d. Set up His kingdom in my heart?
3. Perhaps even fasting and praise.
That sounds almost blasphemous, doesn't it?
4. No room for Christ in celebration of His birth.
a. Santa Claus has crowded Him out as a symbol of giving.
b. So much has been spent on presents for others, nothing left for Him.
1. Offerings always hit a low on Christmas, and weeks following.
c. So many extra demands in this season, really no room in our thoughts.
II. JESUS IS COMING AGAIN.
A. Theme of Scripture, Old and New.
B. Apostles' thoughts were filled with anticipation.
1. They lived for this hope.
C. It is the Second Coming that God wants us to be thinking about.
1. Not one reference in Acts or Epistles to manger or birth as day of remembrance.
Sermon Notes for Acts 1:9 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Acts 1:15 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Romans 1:16 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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