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The Wonder of Christmas

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December 20, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Wonder of Christmas

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  • male announcer: We often look back at Christmases
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  • of the past with a special fondness.
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  • Memories of giving and receiving cherished gifts,
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  • meaningful time spent with those we love,
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  • moments savoring a meal to mark the occasion.
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  • Minutes where all is right become precious mementos
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  • of our past.
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  • While time moves on, the world around us shifts and we change.
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  • Christmas doesn't have to.
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  • Your best Christmas ever is ready for you to make.
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  • Family, friends, and festivities can be a part of that which
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  • makes the holiday special, but the best Christmas ever
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  • is the one where Christ is in its center.
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  • The greatest Christmas planning was God's on the very first,
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  • when God sent his Son to earth, the ultimate present
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  • to his children.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: As a father and grandfather,
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  • I have had the opportunity to relive
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  • the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of my children
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  • and my grandchildren.
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  • I'm transported back to when I was a child
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  • as our family decorated the Christmas tree,
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  • strung lights outside the house, sang carols with friends
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  • and loved ones, and anticipated the gifts
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  • that would surround the tree come Christmas morning.
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  • As we get older, our wonder at Christmas should remain,
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  • but now for different reasons.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah, and welcome
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  • to today's Christmas edition of, "Turning Point."
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  • You may have already guessed the subject
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  • of today's special Christmas message.
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  • I've entitled it, "The Wonder of Christmas."
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  • Together, we'll discover five timeless reasons
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  • to remain amazed at what happened that first Christmas.
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  • Those five reasons were true then and they remain true today,
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  • ensuring that we never lose our sense of wonder at Christmas.
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  • So, discover how you can have a wonder-filled Christmas,
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  • next, right here on, "Turning Point."
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  • female announcer: As you look out to the year ahead,
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  • would you like to bring God more into focus?
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  • Do you want to see him in new ways,
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  • and set your eyes on the Savior?
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  • If you consistently gaze upon God and his Word
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  • like a light guiding your way, when you look back
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  • a year from now, you'll have a new perspective
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  • and clarity that only God can offer.
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  • Let David Jeremiah help you fix your eyes on God
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When we started the church in Fort Wayne,
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  • Indiana, back in 1969, we had just a few families.
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  • We built a little building.
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  • One day I was in my office and a guy knocked on the door
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  • and he introduced himself and he said
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  • he was the president of WPTA
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  • which was the ABC affiliate station there, channel 21.
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  • And he said to me something like this.
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  • He said, "I drive by your church every Sunday on my way
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  • to get the newspaper and I see you have lots of cars.
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  • I don't know what's going on here,
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  • but something's going on here."
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  • And he said, "We haven't had a live television service
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  • in this community for many years
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  • and I'd like to know if you'd like to do that."
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  • And I said, "Well, I don't know anything about that.
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  • How would we do it?"
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  • He said, "Well, we'll help you."
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  • And he said, "We have a couple of old cameras
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  • out in our warehouse.
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  • We'll give you those cameras.
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  • We'll microwave it to the station
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  • every Sunday at 11 o'clock.
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  • This will be live."
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  • What we do here is live here but we record it
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  • and then we go make sure it's okay,
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  • then we put it out there on the network.
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  • Well, we didn't have any opportunities to make sure
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  • it was okay.
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  • It was okay whether you liked it or not.
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  • And we had some incredible experiences.
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  • I don't have time to tell you all of them but, Fort Wayne,
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  • Indiana, is in the snow belt, whether you know it or not,
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  • and we had some--we had some amazing snow storms
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  • when I was the pastor of that church.
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  • We had several weekends when there was so much snow,
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  • we couldn't go to church.
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  • And I remember one particular Sunday
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  • in the early '70s after I'd been there
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  • for two or three years.
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  • We had a blizzard that was the blizzard of all blizzards.
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  • It annihilated all the streets.
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  • The streets weren't just full of snow,
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  • you couldn't even see the streets.
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  • You didn't know where they were.
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  • Well, my friend at WPTA called me and asked me
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  • what we're gonna do on Sunday
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  • 'cause we have to have a broadcast.
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  • I said, "I don't know. I'll work on it."
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  • And here's what we did.
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  • We went and got all our cameramen on snowmobiles.
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  • We got our vocalist on a snowmobile.
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  • I was close enough, I could walk.
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  • There was about 10 or 12 of us in the building
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  • and we had church.
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  • And nobody was there.
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  • But there were a whole lot of people watching at home
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  • 'cause they couldn't go anywhere and do anything else.
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  • And I remember when this happened,
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  • I had read something somewhere previous to that day about snow
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  • and how God makes snow and every snowflake is different
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  • than every other snowflake.
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  • And I remember the verse of Scripture says:
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  • "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow,"
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  • and I don't know what I said, but I preached
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  • a whole sermon on snow that day and the next day I got a note
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  • from the guy at ABC and he told me
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  • it was the highest rated audience he'd ever had
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  • on a Sunday 'cause we had a captive audience.
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  • Nobody could do anything, they had to listen to me.
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  • After that was all over, I walked out
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  • into the parking lot and I remember
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  • just standing there and trying to absorb
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  • all that had happened that day.
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  • I felt the presence of God.
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  • I felt the presence of Christmas.
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  • I felt the reality of what we celebrate every year.
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  • I know I'm not alone in that.
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  • I know that you probably have had those moments
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  • and you weren't for sure what they were.
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  • But something happens at this season of the year
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  • that never happens at any other time.
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  • And something that we should not be afraid of,
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  • but should embrace because I believe that's the way
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  • it was when Christmas was born.
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  • Let me read to you a portion of the Word of God
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  • and I'll put the words up on this big screen behind me.
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  • Here's what it says: "Now there were
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  • in the same country shepherds living out in the fields,
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  • keeping watch over their flock by night.
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  • And behold, an angel of the Lord
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  • stood before them, and the glory of the Lord
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  • shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
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  • And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold,
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  • I bring you good tidings of great joy
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  • which will be to all people.
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  • For there is born to you this day in the city of David
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  • a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
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  • And this will be the sign to you:
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  • You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
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  • lying in a manger.'
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  • And suddenly there was with the angel
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  • a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
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  • 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
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  • goodwill toward men!'
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  • And so it was, when the angels had gone away
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  • from them into heaven, that the shepherds said
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  • to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem
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  • and see this thing that has come to pass,
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  • which the Lord has made known to us.'
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  • And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
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  • and the Babe lying in a manger.
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  • And when they had seen Him, they made widely known
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  • the saying which was told them concerning this Child."
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  • Now listen to this.
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  • "And all those who heard it marveled."
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  • "All those who heard it," literally, the King James says
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  • it this way: "And they all who heard it wondered."
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  • They wondered, they marveled.
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  • I could say it if you will let me.
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  • They felt the presence of God.
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  • They felt Christmas in its true beginning.
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  • They were in awe.
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  • Christmas truly is an amazing time of the year.
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  • Even our favorite Christmas hymns remind us
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  • that Christmas is a time of wonder,
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  • just as much as it is a time of joy.
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  • But I would tell you that for myself
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  • I have a lot more to work on with the wonder part.
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  • And I want to learn more and more how to be in awe
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  • of what God has done for us.
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  • Isn't it interesting that our favorite Christmas hymns
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  • remind us that Christmas is a time of wonder?
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  • For instance, you remember this one?
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  • "I wonder as I wander out in the sky how Jesus the Savior
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  • did come for to die for poor, on'ry people
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  • like you and like I,
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  • I wonder as I wander out under the sky."
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  • Or this familiar one: "He rules the world with truth
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  • and grace and makes the nations prove
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  • the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.
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  • And the wonders of his love, the wonders
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  • and wonders of his love."
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  • Or maybe you remember this one: "O star of wonder,
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  • star of night, star with royal beauty bright.
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  • Westward leading, still proceeding,
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  • guide us to thy perfect light."
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  • The wonder of Christmas.
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  • Oh, how blessed we are to celebrate this season.
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  • So I thought what I'd do today is just give us a few things
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  • we can wonder about that are connected
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  • with the Christmas story.
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  • Are you up for that?
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  • These are just some checkpoints that we can work on
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  • right out of the narrative of the first Christmas.
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  • Let's begin by wondering at his humble birth.
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  • Micah foretold it in Micah 5:2.
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  • He says: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
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  • though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
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  • yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler
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  • in Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting."
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  • There's two wonders in that little verse,
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  • and you can pick 'em up quickly:
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  • out of Bethlehem would come Jesus.
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  • Bethlehem was a little, insignificant village.
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  • Nobody ever knew about it.
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  • There are two Bethlehems in the Bible.
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  • This one was hardly even known.
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  • It was just a--it was a little postage stamp stop along the way
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  • and here was the one to be the Ruler of the world, to be born.
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  • Here's the other things in that verse you don't wanna miss:
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  • "whose goings forth are from of old."
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  • Have you ever heard of anybody being born
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  • who already had been living?
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  • Here was Jesus to be born.
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  • Who is this Jesus?
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  • Oh, his goings forth have been of old.
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  • He's been around forever.
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  • Literally, he's been around forever.
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  • Born in Bethlehem, Jesus was born in the meekest
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  • and most unobtrusive of places.
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  • Had you written a story of that year,
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  • you would have said, nothing really important
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  • happened this year.
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  • Nothing really important.
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  • But that year the Savior of the world was born
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  • in that humble place called Bethlehem
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  • where deity would invade eternity,
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  • and eternity would invade time, and royalty would show up
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  • dressed as poverty.
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  • Only God could have written such a script.
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  • Only God could have imagined something like that
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  • and brought it to pass.
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  • Who could have thought of such a humble story
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  • for the entrance of our Lord?
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  • I really believe that Paul was experiencing a moment of wonder
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  • when he wrote these words to young Timothy.
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  • He said, "And without controversy,
  • 00:12:34.060 --> 00:12:36.140
  • Timothy, great is the mystery of godliness:
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  • God manifest in the flesh."
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  • This is a truth without any precedent.
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  • There is nothing you can compare it to.
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  • The God of the universe, the Creator of us all,
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  • ordained in his wisdom to come down to earth
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  • and confine himself to a human body
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  • like yours and mine and to walk among us
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  • so that he might ultimately go to a cross and die for us.
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  • Often when we walk by a manger scene
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  • during the Christmas season, we first of all look
  • 00:13:09.200 --> 00:13:12.230
  • for the baby and if we're with children,
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:15.040
  • they will usually say, "Oh, look at that cute baby.
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  • Look at the baby Jesus."
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  • And certainly, that is a part of our celebration.
  • 00:13:19.220 --> 00:13:22.260
  • But when you look at that baby Jesus in the manger,
  • 00:13:22.270 --> 00:13:25.160
  • remember that baby Jesus is the Lord God of glory
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  • coming down to be born as one of us and that, my friends,
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:33.080
  • is the wonder of Christmas.
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  • He came down to be one of us.
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  • Let us wonder at his human family.
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  • Jesus's family was really a human mother
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  • and one who was a stand-in father.
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  • Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
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  • Now there's something to wonder at.
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  • That's never happened before, nor since.
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:56.200
  • But consider his human family.
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  • Mary was probably 15 or 16 years old
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  • and Joseph not more than 19.
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:03.210
  • Yet into their family was to be born the Savior
  • 00:14:03.220 --> 00:14:06.290
  • of the whole world.
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:09.100
  • The most significant event of the centuries took place
  • 00:14:09.110 --> 00:14:12.050
  • in a stable in an insignificant city called Bethlehem.
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:15.290
  • And I cannot help but wonder what Mary thought,
  • 00:14:16.000 --> 00:14:18.290
  • what ran through her mind when she held the baby Jesus
  • 00:14:19.000 --> 00:14:22.060
  • for the first time.
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:24.040
  • The most significant thing in the history of the world
  • 00:14:24.050 --> 00:14:26.110
  • did not happen in Caesar's Palace,
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  • or in the plans of the Jewish zealots.
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:33.030
  • The most significant thing in the history of the world
  • 00:14:33.040 --> 00:14:35.220
  • happened in a manger.
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  • As Mary held that baby, I wonder if she heard ringing in her ears
  • 00:14:38.090 --> 00:14:41.140
  • the words of Isaiah the prophet: "Therefore the Lord Himself
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  • will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive
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  • and bear a Son, and call His name Immanuel."
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  • Mary held Immanuel in her arms.
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  • Do we wonder at that?
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  • Is that not an awesome thing that the Savior of the world
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:03.280
  • would be born to a humble peasant girl?
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  • And the one who had created her, she held in her arms?
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  • Let us wonder at his human family.
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:19.230
  • Thirdly, let us wonder at his hostile rejection.
  • 00:15:19.240 --> 00:15:23.080
  • The Bible says that when Jesus was born,
  • 00:15:23.090 --> 00:15:26.030
  • they went to Bethlehem for the census and when they got there,
  • 00:15:26.040 --> 00:15:30.270
  • there was no room for them in the inn and the Scriptures
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:33.170
  • record that it was an awesome time in history.
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:38.170
  • When Jesus came to Bethlehem, nobody was out there saying,
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:42.120
  • "Here he comes.
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  • He's gonna be born in our city, the Savior of the world coming
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  • to Bethlehem.
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  • Don't miss it."
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  • The Roman soldiers had come
  • 00:15:50.170 --> 00:15:52.090
  • to occupy the town of Bethlehem to administer the census.
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:57.020
  • So, it's quite possible that they had tried every place
  • 00:15:57.030 --> 00:16:00.020
  • along the way, and finally,
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:01.280
  • there was nowhere else for them to go.
  • 00:16:01.290 --> 00:16:04.150
  • So the innkeeper simply had to say,
  • 00:16:04.160 --> 00:16:06.090
  • "We don't have any place."
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  • I think Joseph was a strong man.
  • 00:16:08.270 --> 00:16:10.290
  • He worked in a carpenter's shop.
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  • I bet his hands were full of calluses.
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  • Maybe the kind of person you would say,
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:17.100
  • "That's nobody to mess with."
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:19.150
  • I can't imagine that he didn't grab hold
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  • of the innkeeper's shoulders and shake him a little bit
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:23.060
  • and say, "What do you mean, you don't have any room?
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  • My wife is gonna have a baby.
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  • She can't have this baby out here in the street.
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  • Find me a room."
  • 00:16:28.200 --> 00:16:31.090
  • I'm just trying to think what I might have said.
  • 00:16:31.100 --> 00:16:34.100
  • Finally, the innkeeper remembered that he did have
  • 00:16:39.250 --> 00:16:42.090
  • a stable and maybe they could clean out a corner of it.
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:45.130
  • I can see how he missed it.
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  • Just totally overwhelmed with the busyness
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:51.010
  • of Christmas season, even though
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:54.170
  • it had never happened before.
  • 00:16:54.180 --> 00:16:57.110
  • Isn't that what happens to us?
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  • I'll be honest with you, over the years
  • 00:16:59.270 --> 00:17:01.190
  • that I've been here, I have come to Christmas
  • 00:17:01.200 --> 00:17:03.080
  • on a few times and by the time the day comes,
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:05.200
  • I didn't care whose birthday it was, just leave me alone.
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  • We maybe had--I mean, back in those days,
  • 00:17:09.250 --> 00:17:11.260
  • we were having all kinds of programs every night
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:13.210
  • for two weeks.
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:15.160
  • Every night we had a program, every night, night after night,
  • 00:17:15.170 --> 00:17:18.090
  • and on the weekends we had two on Saturday, two on Sunday.
  • 00:17:18.100 --> 00:17:21.130
  • And then, came Christmas, and who cared?
  • 00:17:21.140 --> 00:17:24.160
  • We were all so tired,
  • 00:17:24.170 --> 00:17:26.030
  • we couldn't do anything about it.
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  • We felt kind of good that we'd served the Lord,
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:29.160
  • but you understand what I'm saying.
  • 00:17:29.170 --> 00:17:30.270
  • Christmas gangs up on you, doesn't it?
  • 00:17:30.280 --> 00:17:34.000
  • And all of a sudden you realize,
  • 00:17:34.010 --> 00:17:35.100
  • "Oh, it's only five days from now."
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:37.260
  • And you have 15 days' worth of stuff to do.
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  • That's the way it was for him.
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  • It's not any different than it is for us today.
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  • He was so preoccupied with the everyday changes
  • 00:17:45.280 --> 00:17:48.230
  • and challenges of his life, he failed to see
  • 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:51.230
  • the opportunity.
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:53.090
  • Let us wonder at his heroic worshipers.
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  • "Now there were in the same country shepherds living
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:18:00.250
  • out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night."
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:05.100
  • The Scriptures tell us that those who gathered
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:08.050
  • to worship Jesus first were shepherds.
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:11.090
  • Now, I need to tell you that in our culture that loses
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:13.130
  • some of its meaning and therefore some of its wonder.
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:17.130
  • In that time and culture, however, shepherds would be
  • 00:18:17.140 --> 00:18:20.160
  • the last and the least to expect the Prince of Peace
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:23.280
  • to come to them.
  • 00:18:23.290 --> 00:18:25.150
  • I mean, they were shepherds.
  • 00:18:25.160 --> 00:18:26.290
  • They were ceremonially unclean.
  • 00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:29.120
  • They were not allowed to go into the temple area to worship.
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  • They were unaccepted.
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  • They were nobodies.
  • 00:18:34.160 --> 00:18:35.250
  • They could not be called as witnesses in court.
  • 00:18:35.260 --> 00:18:38.040
  • For somebody had written that no one could ever believe
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:40.050
  • the testimony of a shepherd.
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:42.120
  • They were despised, they were looked down upon,
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.150
  • often hated.
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:46.010
  • The Jewish Talmud says of them:
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:47.210
  • "Give no help to a heathen or to a shepherd."
  • 00:18:47.220 --> 00:18:51.220
  • And that's how they were appreciated.
  • 00:18:51.230 --> 00:18:53.210
  • What a wonder that God would choose them to witness
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:57.240
  • the birth of his Son, to be there first to worship
  • 00:18:57.250 --> 00:19:01.050
  • the coming of the Messiah.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:03.150
  • The shepherds.
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  • I mean, men whose skin glistened with sweat,
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:07.140
  • whose clothes gave off the stench of the field,
  • 00:19:07.150 --> 00:19:10.020
  • those who lacked the most basic manners,
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:12.150
  • who used language unfit for your children's ears
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:16.170
  • and on this night, they were favored by heaven.
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:20.090
  • Do you see what I'm talking about when I say,
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:22.190
  • there are so many things in the Christmas story to wonder about?
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:27.050
  • You say, "I want the answers."
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:28.150
  • No, I don't need all the answers.
  • 00:19:28.160 --> 00:19:29.250
  • I just need to wonder at the imponderables
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:32.040
  • of the story of the incarnation.
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:35.210
  • Out of the whole of Jewish society,
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:38.080
  • God chose shepherds.
  • 00:19:38.090 --> 00:19:40.180
  • Out of the entire population of Jerusalem and Bethlehem,
  • 00:19:40.190 --> 00:19:43.160
  • these outcasts were the only ones who came
  • 00:19:43.170 --> 00:19:46.070
  • to see the Messiah and to spread the news of his coming.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:51.180
  • Let us wonder at his humble birth.
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:54.080
  • Let us wonder at his human family.
  • 00:19:54.090 --> 00:19:56.230
  • Let us wonder at his hostile rejection.
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:59.120
  • Let us wonder at his heroic worshipers.
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:03.020
  • And finally, let us wonder at his holy mission.
  • 00:20:03.030 --> 00:20:07.040
  • "For there is born to you this day in the city of David
  • 00:20:07.050 --> 00:20:10.250
  • a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
  • 00:20:10.260 --> 00:20:15.050
  • This is really the only thing that brings wonder
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:17.100
  • to the rest of the story.
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:19.100
  • Apart from his mission, this is just
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:21.090
  • a good seasonal tale.
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:23.170
  • But when we put all of these things together
  • 00:20:23.180 --> 00:20:25.210
  • and we understand that the purpose for all of this was
  • 00:20:25.220 --> 00:20:28.220
  • that he might come to be our Redeemer,
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:31.020
  • we just stand in awe.
  • 00:20:31.030 --> 00:20:33.010
  • I mean, his purpose in coming was to die.
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:35.190
  • He was born to die.
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:39.030
  • To die for you and for me.
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:41.180
  • He had no other purpose.
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  • The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.
  • 00:20:43.000 --> 00:20:47.180
  • Paul wrote to Timothy.
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:48.290
  • He said, "This is a faithful saying and worthy
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:51.170
  • of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus
  • 00:20:51.180 --> 00:20:54.070
  • came into the world to save sinners,
  • 00:20:54.080 --> 00:20:57.080
  • of whom I am chief."
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:20:58.240
  • So, you can sum it all up in this way as you consider
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:03.120
  • the wonders of Christmas, the Creator in a cradle,
  • 00:21:03.130 --> 00:21:07.230
  • the Savior in a stable, the Messiah of the world
  • 00:21:07.240 --> 00:21:12.010
  • in a mother's womb, and the Sovereign of history
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:15.280
  • welcomed by the outcast shepherds in the field.
  • 00:21:15.290 --> 00:21:20.080
  • I cannot get my arms around it, it is just too wonderful.
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:27.110
  • The real wonder of Christmas is just that,
  • 00:21:27.120 --> 00:21:29.210
  • that the Christ who came to Bethlehem has come to us.
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:34.140
  • And now, in those moments when we pause to reflect
  • 00:21:34.150 --> 00:21:38.100
  • upon the wonder of Christmas, for most of us,
  • 00:21:38.110 --> 00:21:40.190
  • it may be the wonder of Christmas and the wonder
  • 00:21:40.200 --> 00:21:43.230
  • of our first Christmas as a Christian.
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:47.140
  • I've gotten letters throughout the years from people who said,
  • 00:21:47.150 --> 00:21:49.270
  • "Dear Pastor, I've come to your church and this year
  • 00:21:49.280 --> 00:21:52.270
  • I became a Christian and this is gonna be
  • 00:21:52.280 --> 00:21:54.220
  • my first Christmas as a Christian."
  • 00:21:54.230 --> 00:21:58.170
  • And most of us in this room have had
  • 00:21:58.180 --> 00:22:00.240
  • many Christmases as Christians.
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:04.100
  • But I don't know about you, I've had far too many
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:07.070
  • when I've let the busyness of the season rob me
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:09.160
  • of the wonder of the message.
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:13.020
  • I've determined not to let that happen again.
  • 00:22:13.030 --> 00:22:15.280
  • So, let me ask you to do this.
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:18.050
  • During these next few days, wherever you wander,
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:21.240
  • look for those moments and capture them.
  • 00:22:21.250 --> 00:22:27.170
  • That quiet moment you didn't expect to have,
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:30.240
  • that experience of wonder out in the open or maybe
  • 00:22:30.250 --> 00:22:34.200
  • at the fireplace in your home or wherever you may find
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:39.070
  • a moment that isn't distracted by the other things we do.
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:45.050
  • When that moment comes, embrace the wonder
  • 00:22:45.060 --> 00:22:49.050
  • and thank God for such an incredible message
  • 00:22:49.060 --> 00:22:53.060
  • of hope for all of us.
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:56.100
  • And if you do that, this will be the best Christmas you ever had.
  • 00:22:56.110 --> 00:23:00.100
  • And I want to encourage you if you haven't done so already
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:04.210
  • to invite him to come into your heart and life.
  • 00:23:04.220 --> 00:23:08.100
  • Open the doors of your heart.
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:09.260
  • It's a decision you make, it's a moment in your life
  • 00:23:09.270 --> 00:23:12.190
  • where you just decide,
  • 00:23:12.200 --> 00:23:14.110
  • "I've tried everything else, Pastor.
  • 00:23:14.120 --> 00:23:17.110
  • I'm gonna try Jesus."
  • 00:23:17.120 --> 00:23:20.110
  • And I promise you, he will not turn
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:21.290
  • any of you away.
  • 00:23:22.000 --> 00:23:24.120
  • The Bible tells us that he has never said no to anyone
  • 00:23:24.130 --> 00:23:27.050
  • who has asked him to come into their heart.
  • 00:23:27.060 --> 00:23:30.060
  • You're not gonna say, "Lord Jesus,
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:31.160
  • come into my heart," and he's not gonna say,
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:32.290
  • "No, I'm not up to that today," or "I'll come back next week."
  • 00:23:33.000 --> 00:23:37.150
  • Those are the answers we give; that's not his answer.
  • 00:23:37.160 --> 00:23:40.030
  • He is always willing to open the door of your heart
  • 00:23:40.040 --> 00:23:43.130
  • if you'll just unlatch it on the inside.
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:47.110
  • So, what about it?
  • 00:23:47.120 --> 00:23:50.080
  • Don't miss the wonder of Christmas this year.
  • 00:23:50.090 --> 00:23:52.150
  • It begins with the wonder of having Christ in your heart.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close
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  • today's program right after this.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Most families and many churches create
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  • Besides being beautiful and inspirational,
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  • a nativity scene is a reminder that the true wonder
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  • of Christmas is a tiny baby: God entering human life
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  • as the Christ child to save humanity from their sins.
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  • The fact is mysterious, a once-in-history event,
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  • but the more we study it in the Bible,
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  • the more understandable it becomes.
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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