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Getting Ready for Christmas

Stuart Briscoe

So many of the commercials at Christmas tell you how happy and fulfilled you would be if you only had __________. For you, that blank might be a newer car, a piece of jewelry, or designer clothing. Marketers understand the appeal of living life to the fullest, of having it all, and they use that to sell more and more stuff that never delivers on its promise to satisfy.

Do you even remember the gifts you received last year? Do they still thrill you as they did on Christmas morning, or has their shiny newness worn off?

Jesus wants you to have an everlasting abundant life, and He has already told you exactly where to find it in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” But that’s not the only reason He came.

In this series by Stuart, he takes a fresh look at the Christmas story and goes beyond the events of Jesus’ birth to dig deeper into why He came.

Messages From This Series:

In the midst of Christmas activity, it is appropriate that we spend some time in reflection and contemplation on what lies behind the celebration. Among other things Christ said He came in order that we might have life to the full.

Scripture: John 10:10

When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate He told him that He “came into the world, to testify to the truth.” Pilate’s response was, “What is truth?” But he didn’t wait for an answer. Let’s make sure we do.

Scripture: John 18:28-18:40

Jesus stated that he had come to seek and save lost people and to call sinners to repentance. These statements produced both warm response and bitter reaction—and they still do.

Scripture: Luke 5:27-5:32, Luke 18:9-18:14, Luke 19:1-19:10

Christ’s coming is usually seen in winsome, warm colors, and this is right and proper. But there is another side to the story: Christ promised that He would bring a sword and fire. What did He mean?

Scripture: Matthew 10:34-10:42

The wise men saw the star and followed it to Bethlehem. You could say they “saw the light.” There were many who also saw it but did not follow. Christ said, “I have come into the world as a light.” And He explained how some respond and some don’t and why.

Scripture: John 12:37-12:50

Perhaps one of the most striking things Christ said about His incarnation was that He had not come to be served, but to serve, and that His disciples should develop the same attitude. Judging by the disciples’ attitudes this was not going to be easy.

Scripture: Matthew 20:20-20:28

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