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December 22, 2013 : CELEBRATE, But ... Don't Miss the Baby
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Many of us miss Christmas. We don’t miss the day - but we miss the real meaning of the day - the fact that God came to this earth as a baby and his name was Jesus.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7).
The first person who missed Jesus was the inn keeper.
Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem. Mary was very pregnant and pregnant women don’t travel quickly, so when they finally arrived at Bethlehem, the inn was full. There was no room for them.
If the innkeeper had known that the baby to be born that night was the incarnation of God - the creator of the world, he would have found room!!! But he missed the Baby.
He was just too busy with running a business, making a living and saving for retirement to recognize that this Baby was the promised Messiah who would save all of humankind from sin.
Not only did the innkeeper miss the baby, but the other travelers and the people of Bethlehem missed the Baby.
They had their own concerns. Their calendar was too full and they were just too busy to squeeze in a visit to a tiny baby.
Do you need to cancel some of your engagements this Christmas so you can find this baby and find out what he can do for you?
Herod missed the baby because he was scared of what he might lose.
The Wise Men followed a star to Jerusalem and went to the palace of Herod, the king to enquire who this new king was.
He was scared of this new king because he thought that he would lose his throne and all that he enjoyed in life.
Many people today are not willing for Jesus to be crowned a King in their lives because they are scared that this baby will take away their freedom, their careers, their lifestyles, their ambitions.
The Religious Leaders missed the baby - they were the like ministers and pastors - people who should have been able to recognize when God was doing something.
The religious leaders knew all about Jesus from prophecies in the Bible and knew he would be born in Bethlehem.
They missed the baby because of their indifference. They didn’t think they needed a Savior.
Many people think they are good people and will be good enough to impress God without the Baby.
We need the baby if we are going to be right with God - he came to die so we could be forgiven. Without him, we have no chance of pleasing God.
This Christmas, we want to offer you the greatest gift of all - a baby who was born in a manger. His name was Jesus Christ and was the Savior of the world. What ever you do - don’t miss this baby this Christmas. That is one mistake you honestly can’t afford to make.
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