I want to wish you a very blessed and Merry Christmas.
We just finished singing "What Child Is This?" and I think it's an appropriate question to ask. It's an appropriate question because if you've grown up in the Christian tradition you already know the answer to that question. You know why we sing about Jesus. But if this whole Christianity thing is foreign to you, that's a very legitimate question. What's the big deal with a child born in a manger over two thousand years ago? Why all the songs, carols, whistles, and bells?
Did you know that in our day over four million babies are born in the United States each year? The most popular day for babies to make their entrance into this world is Tuesdays—at least according to recent statistics. The next most popular day is Monday. Sunday is the slowest day, with 35.1 fewer births than average. The most "popular" month be born is September. How many of you were born in September? Raise your hand.
When we think about all the new babies and giving birth, it happens so often that we have to ask some fundamental questions: Why is this Child—the Child that we celebrate every Christmas—so special? I mean, four million babies enter the world in the United States in one year, and we're singing about one child born over two thousand years ago, far away in the Middle East. So what's the big deal about this one? Why do people make such a fuss about one baby being born to maybe a fourteen-year-old teenage girl somewhere in the Middle East over two thousand years ago?
Jesus is God with us.
In order to answer those questions I have to take you back about seven hundred years before this birth. So about 2,700 years ago ...
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