Are You Ready for Christmas?December 5, 2020
Are You Ready for Christmas?
A. Luke 2:25-32 (NLT) 25At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30I have seen your salvation, 1which you have prepared for all people. 2He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
B. Luke 2:36-38 (NLT) 36Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
1. Christmas, from God’s perspective, is joining in giving to those in need!
II. How to Have the Christmas Jesus Came to Give
A. Read the Christmas story and focus on what the characters .
B. Remember whose birthday it is, and do the stuff !
C. Practice for what you .
D. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT) 6For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.