Pastor Glenn’s Christmas List

December 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Grace and Faith, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Here is the outline of my Christmas Eve message:

Everyone seems to be making a Christmas list, so I decided to also.  Most of those lists are things people want to receive for Christmas, but this list is what I believe about Christmas.  This list is my “Top Ten Verses about Christmas (that aren’t really Christmas verses)!”  These verses aren’t thought of as a part of the Christmas story, but they explain the reasons God sent his Son – why Jesus had to come.  (NIV except as noted)

#10  1 John 3:8 (ESV)  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

#9  Mark 10:45  The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,  and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

#8  Luke 19:10  The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

#7  John 3:17  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

#6  1 Timothy 1:15  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.

#5  1 John 3:5  He appeared so that he might take away our sins.

#4  1 Peter 1:20  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  (2 Tim 1:9 is similar, but I skipped it here because it is my text for Christmas Sunday morning)

#3  John 1:17  The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

#2  Titus 2:11  The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

#1  2 Corinthians 8:9  You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that though he was rich,  yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Notice the repetition of these themes: Jesus came to save sinners; Jesus came to take away sin; Jesus came for our sakes.  All of these are a part of God’s amazing grace, and that grace is explicitly spelled out in the last few verses.  In Christmas, God gave us what we don’t deserve.  That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!

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  1. Do my readers have any others to add to this list? I’d love to see them.


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