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The Peace of Christmas

PEACE AT CHRISTMAS Introduction: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Background thought: The Gospel of John continually relates the assertion by Jesus to be the Son of God, and the rejection of those who refused to believe Him to be the Son of God. John 7:25-36 demonstrates another perspective about where Christ came from and where He would ultimately return, to the One who had sent Him. Because of disbelief, many in His listening audience discovered that they really did not know God, but would not go to be with Christ at their point of death. Such thinking can really cause anxiousness in the hearts of man today. Today’s text enables us to see that Jesus did not leave them without a way to escape the attitude of disbelief. Text: John 7:37-52

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The Meaning of Christmas

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS? Background thought: Jesus, continuing to follow God’s timing for His life and ministry, continues to proclaim His message of salvation for all who would believe. As we have seen, since Jesus’ healing of the paralytic on the Sabbath, the dialogue of John’s gospel continues to reveal the hostility of those who do not believe in Christ toward His own testimony. Over and over again Jesus tells them who He is, where He is from, and today, Jesus will tell His audience where He is going. Text: John 7:25-36

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The Greatest Christmas Gift

THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT One of the difficulties in purchasing a gift for others is trying to figure out what they would like. An additional consideration is the cost of the gift. I have, at times, wondered how much value the individual would place on the gift they receive. If the receiving person doesn’t place any value on the gift they receive, the gift won’t hold their attention long. In thinking about Christmas gifts, what would be the greatest gift you could give? The Bible teaches us about a gift that God has given to every one who would be willing to receive it (John 1:12), the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b). Scripture relates that there is only one way to receive this precious gift, by choosing to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Scripture also teaches us that there are many who don’t believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and, therefore, miss out on the eternal gift God offers.

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Timing Is Everything

TIMING IS EVERYTHING Introduction: As we draw near to the season of Christmas, it is important to think about the relationships we have with others. It is out of these relationships and the love we have for others, that we are compelled to go out and search the stores in our community or on the internet to find that special gift for them that says I love you and that you are important to me. It is a special time of year. Some people become offended, when such a special time of year comes and passes and they don’t receive anything from those whom they love. In essence, the timing for shopping to find the right gifts, wrapping them, and have them ready to present to our loved ones on Christmas is of the utmost importance. When it comes to thinking about God, being the One in charge of time, as we know it, He has fashioned the perfect gift for us and for those we will see at Christmas this year. God also did not have to shop for this gift, but sent it at the perfect time for man to discover its offer, accept it, and experience eternal joy from it. The unfortunate fact is that man finds it difficult to accept this gift as well as the timing of God’s work. Our message for today out of John 7:1-13 will help us to see this difficulty and how Jesus responds to it. If you have your Bibles, turn with me to John 7. Background thought: The pretext of our message portrays a difficult moment in the life of Jesus, or so it seems. The last part of John 6 reveals that in response to Jesus’ teachings about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, many of His “alleged” disciples had turned away from Jesus, choosing not to follow Him anymore. I don’t know of many today who enjoy the experience of rejection. As we begin our study for today, we see that Jesus is still experiencing other forms of rejection. One of these forms is that the Judeans were seeking Jesus to kill Him. Instead of listening to Jesus and doing what He says, others are trying to control Jesus, thus presenting Jesus with a temptation to disobey His Father’s will. Let’s look at our text to see how Jesus handled the temptation to violate His Father’s timing.

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