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Best of Tony Evans: Don't Miss Christ This Christmas

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December 22, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Best of Tony Evans: Don't Miss Christ This Christmas

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  • that you think will miss pass over, ignored;
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  • on God's clock,
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  • he knows how to bring that thing back up at the right time
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  • to accomplish his bigger purposes.
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  • You don't know who you're dealing with.
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  • So you can praise the Lord today
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  • that Goliath does not have the last say
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  • over your life, over your circumstance,
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  • over your family, over your feelings,
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  • over your world
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  • 'cause you know somebody up there
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  • that's bigger than the somebody you're facing down here.
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  • And if he will not remove himself
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  • from ruining your life,
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  • he's got enough forces to remove them from you.
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  • Bless the name of the Lord.
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  • He can turn your Goliath around 'cause he's a game changer.
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  • My closing question this morning is,
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  • does anybody need a reversal?
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  • Is anybody here today who's terminal?
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  • Is anybody here who's in a crisis
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  • and you can't fix it?
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  • It's too big. It's too deep.
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  • You can't get your arms around it
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  • and you are literally dying.
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  • It's killing you.
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  • God knows the right time to turn a situation around.
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  • I'm trying to tell you, you don't know
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  • who you're dealing with.
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  • That's what you do in Communion.
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  • "Do this in remembrance of me, that I defeated them on Calvary
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  • and I'm still whipping them today."
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  • I want to challenge you to live
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  • under the providential hand of God
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  • even when it looks like it's not working out.
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  • Tony: Well, first of all, let me wish all of our TV viewers
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  • and friends merry, merry, merry Christmas.
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  • I hope that this will be a season of joy,
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  • of celebration, of course of giving praise to God
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  • for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • We have a special Christmas message for you today
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  • that will remind you of the reason
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  • for the season, the centerpiece of this holiday.
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  • Don't let the culture cause us to lose out on what Christmas
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  • is really all about.
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  • Tony: We are facing a time when for Christmas Christ
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  • is missing.
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  • Amidst all the frivolity and fanfare,
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  • food, fellowship, family, and fun,
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  • it's easy to miss Christ at Christmas.
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  • But that's not unique to us.
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  • That was true in the 1st century as well because I want to show
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  • you some folks who missed Christ at Christmas the way we miss him
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  • today because each of these misses are relevant to us.
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  • The first one who missed Christ at Christmas was the innkeeper
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  • because Luke chapter 2, verse 7 says,
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  • "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped
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  • him in cloths and laid him in a manger because there was
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  • no room for them in the inn."
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  • If the innkeeper only knew that this baby born in his hotel was
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  • the son of the living God, trust me they would have found a room.
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  • We're told that Bethlehem was crowded.
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  • That's because verse 1 tells us that in those days the decree
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  • went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken
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  • of all the inhabitants of the earth, and everybody
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  • was sent back to their city of birth to be registered.
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  • So Joseph from Bethlehem went back with his family
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  • and registered them in this crowded town called Bethlehem.
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  • The only reason they went Bethlehem is because
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  • Caesar said, "This is a time you go back."
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  • The reason for many of the crowds you face is 'cause your
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  • job said, "You don't have to come to work."
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  • In fact, it has become popular today even not to reference him;
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  • to keep the symbolism and lose the son.
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  • So I just don't want you to miss Christ this Christmas.
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  • I don't want you to have the frills of Christmas
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  • without the Christ of Christmas.
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  • Like many boxes that people have wrapped outside of their homes,
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  • they look beautiful but they're empty.
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  • Don't have a beautiful Christmas with an empty box 'cause there's
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  • no Christ in the center of it.
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  • Now the innkeeper had no room; and the question is,
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  • do you have any room?
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  • Is there any space to give Jesus Christ his due?
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  • They were into money, they were into government,
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  • they were into the politics of the day and Jesus
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  • had gotten lost in it.
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  • So the innkeeper, he missed Jesus that day.
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  • In fact, there were more animals at Jesus's birth than people.
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  • So the first one who missed Jesus was the innkeeper.
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  • Business was good. The economics were working.
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  • But with good business, a crowded place,
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  • a packed hotel, Jesus was missing.
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  • Don't you lose Jesus this Christmas.
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  • After all, how can you have a birthday party
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  • for somebody and lose the person who the birthday was for?
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  • Either you're going treat him like it's his party
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  • or call it something else.
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  • Don't miss Christ this Christmas.
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  • Now, the second person who missed Christ on Christmas
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  • was King Herod.
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  • In Matthew chapter 2, verse 3 we read these words:
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  • "When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled,
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  • and all Jerusalem with him."
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  • When he heard what?
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  • When he heard about the wise men.
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  • But they said, "Where is the king of the Jews?"
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  • Herod said, "Say what?"
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  • Herod said, "I'm the king of the Jews.
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  • What you mean you're looking for the king of the Jews?"
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  • You see, Herod, like many of us, don't have room for two kings
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  • 'cause we've decided to be our own king and the only king.
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  • We've decided to be masters of our own fate,
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  • captains of our own ship and we don't want--we don't mind Jesus
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  • being in the vicinity as long as he's not the ruler.
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  • There's not space for two kings, and it says Herod was troubled.
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  • The Greek word trouble means agitated, irritated,
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  • frustrated, and exacerbated.
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  • "What do you mean there's another king?
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  • I am in charge here."
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  • One of the ways you miss Jesus is trying to be your own king.
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  • One of the ways you miss Jesus is trying to rule your own life.
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  • One of the way you miss Jesus is to be troubled by the fact
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  • that he wants to be the only king and that you have
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  • to submit to him.
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  • Herod did not want anybody competing for his throne when
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  • Jesus came to set up his own kingdom,
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  • to declare supremacy.
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  • People do not want Jesus to interfere with their
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  • lives, their careers, their money, their power,
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  • their personality, their ambition, their plans.
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  • In fact, not only was Herod messed up about all this,
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  • it says, "And all Jerusalem with him."
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  • You see, we have sanitized Christmas.
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  • Christmas is really sanitized today.
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  • It's nice.
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  • It's sweet. It's cute.
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  • It's melodious. No.
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  • Kids were being killed at Christmas.
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  • Infanticide.
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  • Every child two years and under, every boy was to be slaughtered
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  • by Herod because Jesus showed up.
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  • You see, when Jesus shows up and demands to be king
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  • and is rejected, there's going to be trouble.
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  • Tony: On behalf of my wife Lois and myself and our whole
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  • Urban Alternative family, we want to wish you and yours
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  • a very blessed, a very merry, a very encouraging,
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  • a very comforting Christmas.
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  • It is our prayer for you that Jesus Christ will be the center
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  • of your gathering during this holiday season,
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  • that he will meet your needs and prepare you
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  • for the new year that is to come.
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  • So be blessed.
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  • Enjoy all the good gifts that God has given you and remember
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  • that the reason for the season is
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  • Jesus Christ, the son of the living God.
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  • Tony: The reason why we have a lot of the trouble we have in
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  • our world, in our lives, in our homes today is because
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  • the king has been rejected.
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  • And so as a result, there's chaos and confusion and weeping
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  • and mourning and pain and division because Jesus
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  • can be in the vicinity, he just can't be on the throne.
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  • He can't be telling me what to do.
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  • He can't be my point of reference.
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  • He can't overrule me. Let me explain.
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  • If Jesus can't overrule you,
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  • you're not celebrating Christmas.
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  • If Jesus can't silence you when he speaks,
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  • you're not celebrating Christmas.
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  • If Jesus can't tell you no when you think yes,
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  • you're not celebrating Christmas.
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  • If Jesus can't boss you around,
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  • you're not celebrating Christmas.
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  • You're celebrating you, like it's your birthday.
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  • You see, Herod didn't want competition.
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  • He didn't want anybody else claiming a throne next to him.
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  • The Bible says that Jesus Christ is King of kings
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  • and is Lord of lords, and he's in charge.
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  • So if you really want to celebrate Christmas,
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  • tell Jesus he's your king.
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  • He's your ruler.
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  • He's the final say so over your life.
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  • Now you're ready for a holiday.
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  • See, you're not ready for holiday just 'cause
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  • you got off of work.
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  • You're not ready for a holiday just because the food is in
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  • the oven, just because the family is coming over.
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  • If Jesus is not king, just call it a party,
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  • but don't call it Christmas.
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  • Because the wise men wanted to know where the king was,
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  • and Herod was upset 'cause there's a king in the vicinity.
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  • If he's not in charge, it's not Christmas.
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  • So today we have people who want to claim the holiday
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  • but not claim the Christ, politicians who want
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  • to pay homage but who don't want to be ruled by him.
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  • And wonder why we all can't get along,
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  • wonder why conflicts abound.
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  • See, we don't finish a statement when we quote some Bible verses.
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  • "Peace on earth and goodwill to men."
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  • You're going to hear that all holiday season.
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  • "Peace on earth.
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  • Goodwill to men."
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  • But they're going to leave something off because Jesus said
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  • there going to be peace on earth and goodwill to men with whom
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  • he is well pleased.
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  • He's going to say, "With whom he is well pleased."
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  • See, everybody wants the first part,
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  • but not the last part.
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  • They don't want to please him, but they want peace on earth
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  • and goodwill to men.
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  • You can't have peace in your life,
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  • you can't have peace in your home,
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  • you can't have peace in your mind,
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  • you can't have peace in your circumstances
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  • if he's not pleased with you.
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  • So if you want all of that, then you better make sure he happy
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  • on his birthday.
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  • In fact, you should be singing the song every day.
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  • "It's your birthday. It's your birthday."
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  • You better tell Jesus it's his birthday.
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  • In fact, make every day Christmas because then he's
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  • well pleased and then the conflicts, the harmony,
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  • the peace, the joy, the stuff that we want,
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  • that people will be singing about and praying about
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  • and talking about becomes a possibility because he is--you
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  • cannot displease Jesus and get the benefits of his throne.
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  • Doesn't work that way.
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  • Well, there's another group that missed Christmas:
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  • the religious folk, the folk who went to church.
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  • How can you go to church and miss Christmas?
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  • 'Cause we're told that King Herod when he heard about
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  • this king called together, verse 4 of Matthew 2,
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  • all the chief priests and scribes of the people.
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  • He inquired of them where Messiah was to be born.
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  • Now, let's stop there.
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  • He goes to all the religious folk,
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  • the preachers, the leaders and he says,
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  • "Where's Messiah to be born?"
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  • The first thing he did is he called him Messiah.
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  • That means he knew enough Bible to reference who this king
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  • would be 'cause he calls him the Messiah,
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  • and the Messiah would be the anointed one prophesied
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • He went to the preachers 'cause they had been to seminary.
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  • They had been to Bible college and they knew the Bible.
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  • So they--everybody talking about this king.
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  • Herod says, "So clergy tell me where this king
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  • is going to be born?"
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  • The religious folk said, verse 5,
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  • "In Bethlehem of Judea for this is what the prophet wrote,
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  • and you Bethlehem land of Judah by no means least among
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  • the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall
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  • come forth a ruler who will be--who
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  • will shepherd my people, Israel."
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  • They quoted Micah 5:2.
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  • That's a quote from Micah 5:2.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • Micah was written 700 years before this event in Matthew,
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  • the birth of Jesus.
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  • So 700 years before Jesus was born,
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  • Micah prophesied that Messiah the ruler would be born
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  • in Bethlehem.
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  • Now, you have to understand Bethlehem is a two-bit town.
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  • In other words, it's a tiny village.
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  • If you will go and guess, you wouldn't guess Bethlehem.
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  • It's too insignificant.
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  • But 700 years--see, some people want to know,
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:04.280
  • "Why are you so, Evans, stuck on the Bible?"
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  • I'm stuck on the Bible 'cause if you can predict 700 years before
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  • an event happens not only that the event is going
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  • to happen, who's going to be involved in
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  • the event when it happens, but the specific location
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  • of a two-bit town where it's going to happen, oh,
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  • I'm going to take that book serious.
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  • That's why we believe here in Oak Cliff in
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  • the inerrancy of Scripture.
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  • That means it is without error.
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  • It is without error; every word is inspired.
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  • It's called plenary verbal inspiration.
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  • Every word comes from the mouth of God
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  • and it is perfect.
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  • So guess what?
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  • These religious leaders knew the Scripture 'cause when Herod
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  • asked them where he was going to be born,
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  • they quoted Micah 5:2 on the spot.
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  • But wait a minute.
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  • They knew the Scripture, but never made the trip.
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  • They knew the verse, but they didn't go to Bethlehem.
  • 00:18:13.180 --> 00:18:18.090
  • Wait a minute.
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  • The guys who didn't go to seminary,
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  • didn't go to Bible college, the wise men,
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  • the folks who didn't have formal biblical training
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  • went to Bethlehem.
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  • The folks who were in the Bible church
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  • didn't go to Bethlehem.
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  • They knew the Bible, but they didn't make the trip.
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  • What I'm trying to say is if you know the Bible but don't
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  • go and meet the Savior, you miss Christmas.
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  • You see, if the written Word doesn't lead you
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  • to the living Word, it just becomes another word.
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  • Unless your knowledge of the Bible leads you
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  • to a deeper walk with the Savior,
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  • then the Bible will be of no value to you.
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  • They knew the Bible, but they never went
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  • to Bethlehem.
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  • It's better to know less and go to Jesus than to know more
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  • and stay away from Jesus.
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  • Because the purpose of the written Word
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  • is to lead you to the living Word.
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  • And so these Bible taught and quoting folk never made
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  • it to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • As John chapter 5, verse 39 and 40 says,
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  • Jesus says, "You do search the Scriptures,
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  • but you don't have life because you don't come to me."
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  • Unless you are drawn to him because of what you read--
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  • don't make--don't misunderstand me.
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  • You need what is written, but the purpose of what
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:08.270
  • is written is to cultivate a deeper relationship.
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  • So you can study the Bible till you're blue in the face
  • 00:20:13.010 --> 00:20:16.290
  • and be as carnal or unsaved 'cause these folks were unsaved
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:22.190
  • but they knew their Bible, on their way to hell
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:25.290
  • but they could quote Scripture.
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  • No.
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  • They missed Christmas because the written Word didn't
  • 00:20:31.070 --> 00:20:36.020
  • lead them to the living Word.
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  • Even when Jesus became a grown man
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  • in Luke chapter 4, verse 22 and he proved--
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  • he had proven he was the Messiah,
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  • all they could say was, "Isn't this Joseph's son?"
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  • I mean, the blind are seeing and the lame are walking
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:51.170
  • and the deaf are hearing and he's proclaiming
  • 00:20:51.180 --> 00:20:53.220
  • to be Messiah 'cause Messiah was supposed
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  • to do all this and all they could come with was,
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  • "Isn't that Joseph's son?"
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  • By now you should know this is more than a carpenter's son,
  • 00:20:59.260 --> 00:21:03.220
  • but they hadn't graduated in their intimacy.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:08.140
  • They only graduated with their information.
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:11.220
  • That's why the Bible says, "The letter killeth."
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  • You can become a worse Christian by studying the Bible because
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  • you're not led to the person that the Bible is about.
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  • You're not drawn to the Savior.
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  • You're not drawn to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:24.150 --> 00:21:26.090
  • Now why?
  • 00:21:26.100 --> 00:21:28.030
  • Why weren't these religious people drawn to the Savior?
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  • I mean, Bethlehem-- from Jerusalem,
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  • I mean, it's not that far.
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  • It was not like a long trip. You didn't need a airplane.
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  • You could walk it, but here's the problem.
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  • The reason that they didn't go see Jesus is they didn't think
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:49.060
  • they had a problem that Jesus needed to solve.
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  • In other words, they don't--they didn't understand
  • 00:21:54.030 --> 00:21:57.080
  • why Jesus came.
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  • He came to deal with sin and to provide salvation.
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  • And if you don't understand that's why he came,
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:05.180
  • then you're missing the party 'cause Jesus is not there.
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  • He came to deal with sin in our lives so that we would be saved
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:14.110
  • and sin in our lives so that we would have fellowship with him.
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:21.000
  • So they knew the Bible, but they never made
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:24.110
  • it to Jesus.
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  • So the question I want to ask is,
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  • are you missing Christ this Christmas?
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  • Is this a holiday?
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  • If it's only a holiday, that's fine.
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  • Call it that. But don't call it Christmas.
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  • 'Cause if Christ doesn't have anything to do with it--
  • 00:22:40.290 --> 00:22:44.070
  • what good is a birthday if the person who the birthday
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.040
  • is for is not welcomed?
  • 00:22:46.050 --> 00:22:49.180
  • And that's the kind of world you and I are living in today.
  • 00:22:49.190 --> 00:22:52.200
  • We are having a Christless Christmas,
  • 00:22:52.210 --> 00:22:55.170
  • other than mentioning him from time to time
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:58.140
  • out of courtesy.
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  • No, you give him the honor, do his name 'cause when you
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:07.060
  • understand the folks who discovered Christmas
  • 00:23:07.070 --> 00:23:09.220
  • and what they did even with--when Mary wrapped him
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:13.060
  • in the cloth, that was a deep thing.
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:15.110
  • When she wrapped him in the cloth,
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:16.270
  • that's more than a diaper.
  • 00:23:16.280 --> 00:23:18.220
  • But if you don't understand that,
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:20.100
  • you won't understand Christmas.
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:22.190
  • One of the things that you need to know:
  • 00:23:22.200 --> 00:23:24.290
  • when the wise men came, you see all these nativity scenes
  • 00:23:25.000 --> 00:23:30.190
  • where the wise men are surrounding a baby in a manger.
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:35.020
  • That's not what the Bible says.
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  • Says, "When the wise men came, Jesus was a toddler in a house,
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  • not a baby in a manger."
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  • But if you don't read the Scripture,
  • 00:23:44.160 --> 00:23:46.080
  • you're going to be fooled by nativity scenes.
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  • He was a toddler in the house.
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:51.000
  • So if they saw the star when he was born but they couldn't
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:54.280
  • get to him until he was a toddler in a house,
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:23:58.290
  • that meant they took many months to get to him.
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  • 'Cause you're getting close to two years old
  • 00:24:02.060 --> 00:24:04.050
  • if you're a toddler.
  • 00:24:04.060 --> 00:24:05.230
  • They figured Jesus was worth the journey.
  • 00:24:05.240 --> 00:24:08.260
  • We won't even go down the street to celebrate Jesus when they
  • 00:24:08.270 --> 00:24:14.280
  • crossed continents to get to him 'cause they knew
  • 00:24:14.290 --> 00:24:17.290
  • who they were dealing with.
  • 00:24:18.000 --> 00:24:19.230
  • When you understand he's the King of kings
  • 00:24:19.240 --> 00:24:22.090
  • and the Lord of lords, then you're willing
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:24.100
  • to be convenience for that party because you understand
  • 00:24:24.110 --> 00:24:27.150
  • that he's a king on a throne and he's
  • 00:24:27.160 --> 00:24:31.010
  • worthy to be praised.
  • 00:24:31.020 --> 00:24:33.030
  • So don't you leave Christ out this Christmas.
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  • In fact, make a big deal about him.
  • 00:24:36.060 --> 00:24:38.190
  • So if I were you and if you were me,
  • 00:24:38.200 --> 00:24:41.130
  • I'd make a big deal about Jesus this Christmas because
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:45.240
  • that blood still has healing power, that blood
  • 00:24:45.250 --> 00:24:49.010
  • still has saving power, that blood still has
  • 00:24:49.020 --> 00:24:51.260
  • delivering power, that blood still has victory power,
  • 00:24:51.270 --> 00:24:56.030
  • that blood still has freedom power,
  • 00:24:56.040 --> 00:24:58.230
  • that blood can overcome the worst thing
  • 00:24:58.240 --> 00:25:02.030
  • you are facing today.
  • 00:25:02.040 --> 00:25:04.170
  • So if I were you and you were me,
  • 00:25:04.180 --> 00:25:06.090
  • I'd make a big deal about Jesus.
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  • If God gets excited about the big deal you
  • 00:25:08.290 --> 00:25:12.020
  • make about Jesus, I'm telling God right now
  • 00:25:12.030 --> 00:25:15.000
  • you're going to have a lot to be excited
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  • about 'cause it's going to be Jesus in the morning,
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:20.160
  • Jesus at noon time, and Jesus when
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  • the sun goes down.
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  • I'm going to make a big deal about Jesus so I can get
  • 00:25:25.020 --> 00:25:27.220
  • all of God--that God wants to give me 'cause
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  • Jesus is the reason for the season.
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  • Tony: Well, I hope you were challenged by today's message
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  • and encouraged to give this season its due by placing
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  • Jesus Christ right dead in the center of it.
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