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CHRISTMAS SERMON ‘


PRESENTS

Have you opened your Christmas presents yet?

Did you get what you wanted?


These days if we don't like what we've received especially as far as

clothes are concerned we can take them back to the shops and

exchange them!


Lots of children grumble because they don't like the brand of their gifts

and want to exchange for the one they prefer. There will be  lots of long

queues for both those purposes after  Christmas.


Those were the days when we were stuck with what we had, like it or

not!


Much longer than 2000 years ago, the Jews wanted something special from God.


They had been promised that He would send them a Messiah, a person

who would  give them victory over their oppressors.


But they wanted a particular kind of Messiah, a war leader, a military expert, a leader of God's people who would lead them to victory.


Just like our parents when we were children knew what we wanted for Christmas, God our Heavenly Father knew what His children the

Israelites wanted. He also knew better than they did, what they needed


The problem was, that although He sent His Messiah, He was not the brand

that they wanted.


They could not return this precious gift from God, nor could they

exchange Him for a different brand that they wanted.


Many of the leaders of Israel did in fact try to reject Him because He was

 not what they wanted and looked for someone who was. They wanted rid of

Him!


Let's look closer at that special gift that arrived the first Christmas day.


There was and there is no greater more precious and costly gift that anyone

could give us.


God gave us the gift of Himself, born into time as one of His own creation in order to be

reconciled with us and that we may become the people He intended us to be.


He sacrificed Himself for us. He gave us Himself. Lying in the manger in the form

of a tiny helpless baby that first Christmas, was God Himself.


Jesus the Christ-child was not what His people wanted, Is He the

Messiah, God's gift that we want today?

There are many who want to change Him, alter His teachings to suit

themselves and exchange Him for someone born in our own image,

and not in the image of God.


How often have we heard people comment that they don't agree with something

Jesus taught because it doesn't suit them.