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The Wonder of Christmas

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December 14, 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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  • Angels we have heard on high
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  • sweetly singing o'er the plains
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  • and the mountains in reply echo back
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  • their joyous strains
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Shepherds why this jubilee
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  • Why your joyous strains prolong
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  • Say what may the tidings be
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  • Which inspire your Heav'nly song
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Come to Bethlehem and see
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  • Him whose birth the angels sing
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  • Come adore on bended knee
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  • Christ the Lord the newborn King
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • female announcer: Imagine if you could've walked
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  • with Christ when he was here on earth.
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  • What would you have learned being close to him?
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  • How would you have felt?
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  • You can have the same relationship with him today.
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  • How?
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  • By seeking him out and learning from his Word.
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  • Let David Jeremiah help you develop a closer walk with God
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  • The first Noel, the angels did say
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  • was to certain poor shepherds
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  • in fields where they lay
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  • In fields where they lay keeping
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  • their sheep on a cold
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  • winter's night that was so deep
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  • Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
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  • born is the King of Israel
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  • Angels we have heard on high
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  • sweetly singing o'er the plains
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  • and the mountains in reply
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  • echo back their joyous strains
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Gloria, in excelsis Deo
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  • Hark, the herald angels sing
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  • Glory to the newborn King
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  • peace on earth, and mercy mild
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  • God and sinners reconciled
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  • Joyful, all ye nations rise
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  • join the triumph of the skies
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  • with th'angelic host proclaim
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  • Christ is born in Bethlehem
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  • Hark, the herald angels sing
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  • Glory to the newborn King
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  • Newborn King
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  • announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • There is a God so big
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  • no one can fathom how he holds this world
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  • and the universe together
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  • Though he has all power
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  • he was born to us a baby
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  • oh, so he could be called God with us
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  • There is a King who left his throne
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  • in glory from heaven's fame
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  • to a humble little stable he did lay
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  • Gave up his crown so that
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  • we could all be found
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  • oh, so he could be called God with us
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  • Emmanuel, Emmanuel
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  • we worship you, Emmanuel
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  • Such awesome pow'r, such humble love
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  • we honor you, our God with us
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  • While on the earth he became a man of sorrows
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  • Despised for me so that
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  • I could be accepted and set free
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  • Then he rose again
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  • Oh, he did send so he could be called
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  • God with us
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  • Emmanuel, Emmanuel
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  • we worship you, Emmanuel
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  • Such awesome pow'r, such humble love
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  • we honor you, Jesus our God with us
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  • Emmanuel, Emmanuel
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  • We worship you
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  • Emmanuel
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  • Oh, such awesome God such humble love
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  • We honor you our God with us
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  • Oh, forever we will say Thank you, Lord
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  • Oh, forever, oh, forever and ever
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  • he will be with us never leave us
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  • Forever and ever, may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Forever and ever
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  • he will be with us never leave us
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  • Forever and ever may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Forever and ever he'll be with us
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  • never leave us
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  • Forever and ever may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Forever and ever, he will be with us
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  • never leave us
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  • Forever and ever, may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Forever and ever, he will be with us
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  • never leave us
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  • Forever and ever may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • He shall reign forevermore
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  • Forever and ever, he will be with us
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  • never leave us
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  • Forever and ever, may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Oh, we need you forever and ever and ever
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  • he'll be with us never leave us
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  • Forever and ever, may his highest praise
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  • be heard
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  • Oh, Emmanuel, Emmanuel
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  • Oh, we worship you, Jesus, Emmanuel
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  • Such awesome pow'r, such humble love
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  • we honor you, Jesus
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  • our God with us
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  • forever and ever and ever
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  • Such humble love, we honor you
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  • our God with us
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  • female announcer: For more than three decades,
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  • David Jeremiah and Turning Point have delivered
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  • the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world,
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  • through radio, books, and print resources,
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  • television and online, people around the world
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  • have received the gospel.
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  • The strength and encouragement to help them through
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  • their greatest trials and consistent Bible-strong teaching
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  • for their walk with God.
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  • And it has only been possible with the help
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  • of our Bible-Strong Partners.
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  • Our Bible-Strong Partners are dedicated supporters
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  • of David Jeremiah and Turning Point
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  • whose gifts help Turning Point reach
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  • more souls across the globe and continue to come to you
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  • on this network.
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  • Said the night wind to the little lamb
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  • "Do you see what I see
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  • way up in the sky, little lamb
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  • Do you see what I see
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  • A star, a star, dancing in the night
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  • with a tail as big as a kite
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  • With a tail as big as a kite
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  • Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
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  • "Do you hear what I hear ringing through the sky
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  • shepherd boy
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  • Do you hear what I hear
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  • A song, a song, high above the tree
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  • with a voice as big as the sea
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  • With a voice as big as the sea
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  • Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
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  • "Do you know what I know
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  • in your palace wall, mighty king
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  • Do you know what I know
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  • A child, a child, shivers in the cold
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  • Let us bring him silver and gold
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  • Let us bring him silver and gold
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  • Said the king to the people everywhere
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  • "Listen to what I say
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  • Oh, pray for peace, people everywhere
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  • Listen to what I say
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  • The child, the child, sleeping in the night
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  • He will bring us goodness and light
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  • He'll bring us goodness and light
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  • He will bring us goodness and light
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  • He will bring us goodness and light
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • male announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • 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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  • with, "Daily in His Presence,"
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  • a new 365-day devotional for 2020.
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  • Each day's short reading in this beautiful
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When we started the church in Fort Wayne,
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:20.100
  • Indiana, back in 1969, we had just a few families.
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:24.060
  • We built a little building.
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  • One day I was in my office and a guy knocked on the door
  • 00:23:26.210 --> 00:23:29.090
  • and he introduced himself and he said
  • 00:23:29.100 --> 00:23:30.250
  • he was the president of WPTA
  • 00:23:30.260 --> 00:23:32.240
  • which was the ABC affiliate station there, channel 21.
  • 00:23:32.250 --> 00:23:37.000
  • And he said to me something like this.
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:39.030
  • He said, "I drive by your church every Sunday on my way
  • 00:23:39.040 --> 00:23:41.100
  • to get the newspaper and I see you have lots of cars.
  • 00:23:41.110 --> 00:23:45.000
  • I don't know what's going on here,
  • 00:23:45.010 --> 00:23:46.100
  • but something's going on here."
  • 00:23:46.110 --> 00:23:48.050
  • And he said, "We haven't had a live television service
  • 00:23:48.060 --> 00:23:50.220
  • in this community for many years
  • 00:23:50.230 --> 00:23:52.240
  • and I'd like to know if you'd like to do that."
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:55.090
  • And I said, "Well, I don't know anything about that.
  • 00:23:55.100 --> 00:23:57.050
  • How would we do it?"
  • 00:23:57.060 --> 00:23:58.150
  • He said, "Well, we'll help you."
  • 00:23:58.160 --> 00:24:00.020
  • And he said, "We have a couple of old cameras
  • 00:24:00.030 --> 00:24:02.020
  • out in our warehouse.
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.120
  • We'll give you those cameras.
  • 00:24:03.130 --> 00:24:05.020
  • We'll microwave it to the station
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:07.080
  • every Sunday at 11 o'clock.
  • 00:24:07.090 --> 00:24:09.010
  • This will be live."
  • 00:24:09.020 --> 00:24:10.220
  • What we do here is live here but we record it
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  • and then we go make sure it's okay,
  • 00:24:13.060 --> 00:24:15.160
  • then we put it out there on the network.
  • 00:24:15.170 --> 00:24:18.240
  • Well, we didn't have any opportunities to make sure
  • 00:24:18.250 --> 00:24:20.200
  • it was okay.
  • 00:24:20.210 --> 00:24:22.000
  • It was okay whether you liked it or not.
  • 00:24:22.010 --> 00:24:24.210
  • And we had some incredible experiences.
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  • I don't have time to tell you all of them but, Fort Wayne,
  • 00:24:26.110 --> 00:24:29.060
  • Indiana, is in the snow belt, whether you know it or not,
  • 00:24:29.070 --> 00:24:32.090
  • and we had some--we had some amazing snow storms
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  • when I was the pastor of that church.
  • 00:24:36.090 --> 00:24:38.090
  • We had several weekends when there was so much snow,
  • 00:24:38.100 --> 00:24:40.250
  • we couldn't go to church.
  • 00:24:40.260 --> 00:24:42.150
  • 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.
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:49.100
  • 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,
  • 00:24:54.000 --> 00:24:55.160
  • you couldn't even see the streets.
  • 00:24:55.170 --> 00:24:56.260
  • You didn't know where they were.
  • 00:24:56.270 --> 00:24:58.160
  • Well, my friend at WPTA called me and asked me
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:25:00.070
  • what we're gonna do on Sunday
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  • 'cause we have to have a broadcast.
  • 00:25:01.180 --> 00:25:04.030
  • I said, "I don't know. I'll work on it."
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  • And here's what we did.
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:07.270
  • We went and got all our cameramen on snowmobiles.
  • 00:25:07.280 --> 00:25:11.110
  • We got our vocalist on a snowmobile.
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:13.060
  • I was close enough, I could walk.
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  • There was about 10 or 12 of us in the building
  • 00:25:14.210 --> 00:25:16.180
  • and we had church.
  • 00:25:16.190 --> 00:25:18.170
  • And nobody was there.
  • 00:25:18.180 --> 00:25:21.090
  • 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.
  • 00:25:23.150 --> 00:25:26.230
  • And I remember when this happened,
  • 00:25:26.240 --> 00:25:29.050
  • 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
  • 00:25:42.290 --> 00:25:44.240
  • a whole sermon on snow that day and the next day I got a note
  • 00:25:44.250 --> 00:25:48.150
  • from the guy at ABC and he told me
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  • it was the highest rated audience he'd ever had
  • 00:25:50.130 --> 00:25:52.090
  • on a Sunday 'cause we had a captive audience.
  • 00:25:52.100 --> 00:25:54.110
  • Nobody could do anything, they had to listen to me.
  • 00:25:54.120 --> 00:25:59.000
  • After that was all over, I walked out
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  • into the parking lot and I remember
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:03.050
  • just standing there and trying to absorb
  • 00:26:03.060 --> 00:26:08.000
  • all that had happened that day.
  • 00:26:08.010 --> 00:26:10.070
  • I felt the presence of God.
  • 00:26:10.080 --> 00:26:12.280
  • 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
  • 00:26:23.020 --> 00:26:24.290
  • 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
  • 00:26:49.290 --> 00:26:52.050
  • 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.
  • 00:27:02.260 --> 00:27:05.180
  • 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.
  • 00:27:17.210 --> 00:27:20.080
  • 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.'
  • 00:27:24.150 --> 00:27:26.090
  • And suddenly there was with the angel
  • 00:27:26.100 --> 00:27:27.260
  • a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
  • 00:27:27.270 --> 00:27:31.010
  • 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
  • 00:27:31.020 --> 00:27:34.010
  • goodwill toward men!'
  • 00:27:34.020 --> 00:27:36.140
  • And so it was, when the angels had gone away
  • 00:27:36.150 --> 00:27:40.010
  • from them into heaven, that the shepherds said
  • 00:27:40.020 --> 00:27:42.000
  • to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem
  • 00:27:42.010 --> 00:27:45.050
  • and see this thing that has come to pass,
  • 00:27:45.060 --> 00:27:47.140
  • which the Lord has made known to us.'
  • 00:27:47.150 --> 00:27:51.090
  • And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
  • 00:27:51.100 --> 00:27:53.260
  • and the Babe lying in a manger.
  • 00:27:53.270 --> 00:27:56.180
  • And when they had seen Him, they made widely known
  • 00:27:56.190 --> 00:27:59.050
  • the saying which was told them concerning this Child."
  • 00:27:59.060 --> 00:28:02.170
  • Now listen to this.
  • 00:28:02.180 --> 00:28:04.210
  • "And all those who heard it marveled."
  • 00:28:04.220 --> 00:28:09.050
  • "All those who heard it," literally, the King James says
  • 00:28:09.060 --> 00:28:13.120
  • it this way: "And they all who heard it wondered."
  • 00:28:13.130 --> 00:28:17.190
  • They wondered, they marveled.
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  • I could say it if you will let me.
  • 00:28:19.210 --> 00:28:22.100
  • They felt the presence of God.
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  • They felt Christmas in its true beginning.
  • 00:28:25.250 --> 00:28:31.180
  • They were in awe.
  • 00:28:31.190 --> 00:28:34.040
  • I think that's one of the things that we've lost
  • 00:28:34.050 --> 00:28:37.030
  • in our celebration of Christmas and I'd like to make the point
  • 00:28:37.040 --> 00:28:40.220
  • of trying to reestablish it.
  • 00:28:40.230 --> 00:28:42.210
  • My friend, Max Lucado, wonders at this season.
  • 00:28:42.220 --> 00:28:45.170
  • He wrote this.
  • 00:28:45.180 --> 00:28:47.000
  • He said, "It is the season to be jolly,
  • 00:28:47.010 --> 00:28:48.150
  • because more than any other time we think of him.
  • 00:28:48.160 --> 00:28:52.200
  • For a few precious hours he is beheld, Christ the Lord.
  • 00:28:52.210 --> 00:28:57.040
  • And those who pass the year without seeing him
  • 00:28:57.050 --> 00:29:00.150
  • suddenly see him.
  • 00:29:00.160 --> 00:29:03.020
  • People who have been accustomed to using his name in vain
  • 00:29:03.030 --> 00:29:06.160
  • pause to use it in praise.
  • 00:29:06.170 --> 00:29:09.110
  • Eyes now free of the blinders of self marvel at his majesty,
  • 00:29:09.120 --> 00:29:13.200
  • and all of a sudden, he is everywhere,
  • 00:29:13.210 --> 00:29:16.040
  • in the grin of the policeman as he drives the wagon
  • 00:29:16.050 --> 00:29:18.210
  • full of presents to the orphanage,
  • 00:29:18.220 --> 00:29:21.160
  • in the emotion of the father who is too thankful to finish
  • 00:29:21.170 --> 00:29:24.160
  • the dinner-table prayer, in the tears of the mother
  • 00:29:24.170 --> 00:29:28.080
  • who welcomes home her son from overseas.
  • 00:29:28.090 --> 00:29:31.230
  • He's in the solemn silence of the shopping mall shoppers
  • 00:29:31.240 --> 00:29:34.240
  • as the elementary school chorus sings,
  • 00:29:34.250 --> 00:29:36.270
  • "Away in a Manger."
  • 00:29:36.280 --> 00:29:38.260
  • He is with us.
  • 00:29:38.270 --> 00:29:41.060
  • God has come and we are filled with wonder.
  • 00:29:41.070 --> 00:29:46.280
  • Christmas truly is an amazing time of the year.
  • 00:29:46.290 --> 00:29:50.170
  • Even our favorite Christmas hymns remind us
  • 00:29:50.180 --> 00:29:53.270
  • that Christmas is a time of wonder,
  • 00:29:53.280 --> 00:29:56.290
  • just as much as it is a time of joy.
  • 00:29:57.000 --> 00:30:00.030
  • But I would tell you that for myself
  • 00:30:00.040 --> 00:30:02.000
  • I have a lot more to work on with the wonder part.
  • 00:30:02.010 --> 00:30:05.240
  • And I want to learn more and more how to be in awe
  • 00:30:05.250 --> 00:30:09.260
  • of what God has done for us.
  • 00:30:09.270 --> 00:30:12.080
  • Isn't it interesting that our favorite Christmas hymns
  • 00:30:12.090 --> 00:30:14.160
  • remind us that Christmas is a time of wonder?
  • 00:30:14.170 --> 00:30:18.210
  • For instance, you remember this one?
  • 00:30:18.220 --> 00:30:21.030
  • "I wonder as I wander out in the sky how Jesus the Savior
  • 00:30:21.040 --> 00:30:25.210
  • did come for to die for poor, on'ry people
  • 00:30:25.220 --> 00:30:29.150
  • like you and like I,
  • 00:30:29.160 --> 00:30:31.110
  • I wonder as I wander out under the sky."
  • 00:30:31.120 --> 00:30:36.290
  • Or this familiar one: "He rules the world with truth
  • 00:30:37.000 --> 00:30:39.160
  • and grace and makes the nations prove
  • 00:30:39.170 --> 00:30:43.250
  • the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.
  • 00:30:43.260 --> 00:30:48.090
  • And the wonders of his love, the wonders
  • 00:30:48.100 --> 00:30:50.060
  • and wonders of his love."
  • 00:30:50.070 --> 00:30:52.070
  • Or maybe you remember this one: "O star of wonder,
  • 00:30:53.100 --> 00:30:57.110
  • star of night, star with royal beauty bright.
  • 00:30:57.120 --> 00:31:02.020
  • Westward leading, still proceeding,
  • 00:31:02.030 --> 00:31:03.270
  • guide us to thy perfect light."
  • 00:31:03.280 --> 00:31:06.290
  • The wonder of Christmas.
  • 00:31:07.000 --> 00:31:10.080
  • And it is the one thing I will honestly tell you seems
  • 00:31:10.090 --> 00:31:13.060
  • to escape us a little bit every year and if we're not careful,
  • 00:31:13.070 --> 00:31:15.150
  • more so one year after the other.
  • 00:31:15.160 --> 00:31:18.260
  • Isn't it interesting how we can play the game
  • 00:31:18.270 --> 00:31:21.140
  • all around the meaning of the game
  • 00:31:21.150 --> 00:31:23.160
  • and never find out what the meaning is?
  • 00:31:23.170 --> 00:31:25.160
  • I remember reading the story of the Wright Brothers.
  • 00:31:25.170 --> 00:31:28.180
  • It was December 17, 1903, and the place was Kitty Hawk,
  • 00:31:28.190 --> 00:31:33.010
  • North Carolina.
  • 00:31:33.020 --> 00:31:34.130
  • Orville and Wilbur had just made history for keeping
  • 00:31:34.140 --> 00:31:37.010
  • their flying invention in the air for a total of 59 seconds.
  • 00:31:37.020 --> 00:31:41.160
  • Elated, they rushed to the telegraph office
  • 00:31:41.170 --> 00:31:44.050
  • and wired their sister in Dayton, Ohio,
  • 00:31:44.060 --> 00:31:46.140
  • and here was the telegram:
  • 00:31:46.150 --> 00:31:48.190
  • "First sustained flight today for 59 seconds.
  • 00:31:48.200 --> 00:31:53.170
  • Hope to be home by Christmas."
  • 00:31:53.180 --> 00:31:56.120
  • Their sister was thrilled and she hurried down
  • 00:31:56.130 --> 00:31:58.020
  • to the local newspaper with great news
  • 00:31:58.030 --> 00:32:01.020
  • and the telegram and, sure enough, the next day,
  • 00:32:01.030 --> 00:32:03.070
  • there was an article about the Wright Brothers
  • 00:32:03.080 --> 00:32:05.090
  • in the, "Dayton Daily News."
  • 00:32:05.100 --> 00:32:06.230
  • The headline read: "Local bicycle merchants
  • 00:32:06.240 --> 00:32:10.080
  • to be home for Christmas."
  • 00:32:10.090 --> 00:32:13.160
  • And not one single thing was mentioned
  • 00:32:13.170 --> 00:32:15.180
  • about the first airplane flight.
  • 00:32:15.190 --> 00:32:18.250
  • And I thought to myself, "Isn't that like Christmas?
  • 00:32:18.260 --> 00:32:22.010
  • We give all the details and we forget the wonder,
  • 00:32:22.020 --> 00:32:25.100
  • the most important message of all."
  • 00:32:25.110 --> 00:32:27.010
  • For just a little while this year,
  • 00:32:27.020 --> 00:32:28.260
  • I have captured that in my heart,
  • 00:32:28.270 --> 00:32:31.090
  • and I cannot tell you why, but I know that
  • 00:32:31.100 --> 00:32:33.230
  • what I have sensed in my heart all about this,
  • 00:32:33.240 --> 00:32:35.280
  • if I could, I'd package it up in a bottle
  • 00:32:35.290 --> 00:32:38.040
  • and hand it out to everybody.
  • 00:32:38.050 --> 00:32:41.160
  • Oh, what a wonder is Christmas.
  • 00:32:41.170 --> 00:32:44.170
  • Oh, how blessed we are to celebrate this season.
  • 00:32:44.180 --> 00:32:49.150
  • So I thought what I'd do today is just give us a few things
  • 00:32:49.160 --> 00:32:51.290
  • we can wonder about that are connected
  • 00:32:52.000 --> 00:32:54.090
  • with the Christmas story.
  • 00:32:54.100 --> 00:32:55.190
  • Are you up for that?
  • 00:32:55.200 --> 00:32:56.290
  • These are just some checkpoints that we can work on
  • 00:32:57.000 --> 00:32:59.040
  • right out of the narrative of the first Christmas.
  • 00:32:59.050 --> 00:33:02.120
  • Let's begin by wondering at his humble birth.
  • 00:33:03.270 --> 00:33:08.210
  • Micah foretold it in Micah 5:2.
  • 00:33:08.220 --> 00:33:11.140
  • He says: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
  • 00:33:11.150 --> 00:33:13.090
  • though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
  • 00:33:13.100 --> 00:33:15.280
  • yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler
  • 00:33:15.290 --> 00:33:18.250
  • in Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting."
  • 00:33:18.260 --> 00:33:24.140
  • There's two wonders in that little verse,
  • 00:33:24.150 --> 00:33:26.010
  • and you can pick 'em up quickly:
  • 00:33:26.020 --> 00:33:27.110
  • out of Bethlehem would come Jesus.
  • 00:33:27.120 --> 00:33:30.020
  • Bethlehem was a little, insignificant village.
  • 00:33:30.030 --> 00:33:32.030
  • Nobody ever knew about it.
  • 00:33:32.040 --> 00:33:33.140
  • There are two Bethlehems in the Bible.
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  • This one was hardly even known.
  • 00:33:35.290 --> 00:33:37.180
  • 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.
  • 00:33:42.250 --> 00:33:48.230
  • Here's the other things in that verse you don't wanna miss:
  • 00:33:48.240 --> 00:33:51.120
  • "whose goings forth are from of old."
  • 00:33:51.130 --> 00:33:54.250
  • Have you ever heard of anybody being born
  • 00:33:54.260 --> 00:33:56.250
  • who already had been living?
  • 00:33:56.260 --> 00:33:59.250
  • Here was Jesus to be born.
  • 00:33:59.260 --> 00:34:01.210
  • Who is this Jesus?
  • 00:34:01.220 --> 00:34:03.010
  • Oh, his goings forth have been of old.
  • 00:34:03.020 --> 00:34:05.170
  • He's been around forever.
  • 00:34:05.180 --> 00:34:07.200
  • Literally, he's been around forever.
  • 00:34:07.210 --> 00:34:11.270
  • Born in Bethlehem, Jesus was born in the meekest
  • 00:34:11.280 --> 00:34:15.000
  • and most unobtrusive of places.
  • 00:34:15.010 --> 00:34:18.230
  • History tells us that early in the 19th century,
  • 00:34:18.240 --> 00:34:21.140
  • the whole world was watching the campaigns of Napoleon.
  • 00:34:21.150 --> 00:34:25.240
  • There was talk everywhere of marches and invasions
  • 00:34:25.250 --> 00:34:28.120
  • and battles and bloodshed as the French dictator
  • 00:34:28.130 --> 00:34:31.120
  • pushed his way through Europe.
  • 00:34:31.130 --> 00:34:33.250
  • Of course, babies were born during that time but,
  • 00:34:33.260 --> 00:34:37.230
  • I mean, who had time to think about babies,
  • 00:34:37.240 --> 00:34:40.070
  • or to care about cradles or nurseries or anything else
  • 00:34:40.080 --> 00:34:42.270
  • when the international scene was as tumultuous as it was?
  • 00:34:42.280 --> 00:34:47.050
  • Nevertheless, between Trafalgar and Waterloo
  • 00:34:47.060 --> 00:34:52.260
  • on Napoleon's marches, between those two places,
  • 00:34:52.270 --> 00:34:56.000
  • there strode into this world a host of heroes whose lives
  • 00:34:56.010 --> 00:34:59.240
  • were destined to shape all of humanity.
  • 00:34:59.250 --> 00:35:02.140
  • I found this truth to be astounding.
  • 00:35:02.150 --> 00:35:05.140
  • Take for example, William Gladstone.
  • 00:35:05.150 --> 00:35:08.110
  • Born on December 29, 1809, Gladstone was to become
  • 00:35:08.120 --> 00:35:13.140
  • one of the finest statesmen England ever produced.
  • 00:35:13.150 --> 00:35:18.100
  • On August 6 of that year, Alfred Tennyson was born
  • 00:35:18.110 --> 00:35:22.010
  • to an obscure minister and his wife.
  • 00:35:22.020 --> 00:35:24.140
  • Tennyson would one day greatly affect the literary world
  • 00:35:24.150 --> 00:35:27.170
  • in a marked manner.
  • 00:35:27.180 --> 00:35:30.070
  • On August 29 of 1809, Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 00:35:30.080 --> 00:35:34.010
  • was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 00:35:34.020 --> 00:35:37.230
  • On January 19, 1809, not far away in Boston,
  • 00:35:37.240 --> 00:35:41.170
  • Edgar Allan Poe began his eventful but tragic life.
  • 00:35:41.180 --> 00:35:46.290
  • On February 12 of that year, a physician named
  • 00:35:47.000 --> 00:35:50.080
  • Charles Robert Darwin was born.
  • 00:35:50.090 --> 00:35:56.230
  • And it was that same year that the cries of a newborn infant
  • 00:35:56.240 --> 00:35:59.200
  • could be heard from a rugged log cabin,
  • 00:35:59.210 --> 00:36:02.010
  • in Hardin County, Kentucky.
  • 00:36:02.020 --> 00:36:03.260
  • You know who I'm talking about: the baby's name was
  • 00:36:03.270 --> 00:36:05.260
  • Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809.
  • 00:36:05.270 --> 00:36:10.240
  • All of those people born in the same year.
  • 00:36:10.250 --> 00:36:14.190
  • And if there had been a news broadcast at that time,
  • 00:36:14.200 --> 00:36:16.270
  • I am certain these words would have been heard.
  • 00:36:16.280 --> 00:36:19.250
  • Something like this would have been written:
  • 00:36:19.260 --> 00:36:22.020
  • "The destiny of the world is being shaped
  • 00:36:22.030 --> 00:36:24.030
  • on an Austrian battlefield today."
  • 00:36:24.040 --> 00:36:27.240
  • But today only a handful of history buffs can even name
  • 00:36:27.250 --> 00:36:30.290
  • two of the three Austrian campaigns.
  • 00:36:31.000 --> 00:36:33.210
  • Nobody remembers that.
  • 00:36:33.220 --> 00:36:35.230
  • Looking back, history was actually
  • 00:36:35.240 --> 00:36:37.130
  • being shaped in the cradles of England and America
  • 00:36:37.140 --> 00:36:41.110
  • as young mothers held in their arms
  • 00:36:41.120 --> 00:36:43.050
  • the movers and shakers of the future.
  • 00:36:43.060 --> 00:36:46.290
  • And so, it was with Jesus.
  • 00:36:47.000 --> 00:36:50.210
  • No one heralded his coming.
  • 00:36:50.220 --> 00:36:52.170
  • The shepherds, the angels, the magi,
  • 00:36:52.180 --> 00:36:54.040
  • a few would-be worshipers.
  • 00:36:54.050 --> 00:36:55.170
  • Had you written a story of that year,
  • 00:36:55.180 --> 00:36:57.010
  • you would have said, nothing really important
  • 00:36:57.020 --> 00:36:58.160
  • happened this year.
  • 00:36:58.170 --> 00:37:01.080
  • Nothing really important.
  • 00:37:01.090 --> 00:37:02.270
  • But that year the Savior of the world was born
  • 00:37:02.280 --> 00:37:05.240
  • in that humble place called Bethlehem
  • 00:37:05.250 --> 00:37:08.000
  • where deity would invade eternity,
  • 00:37:08.010 --> 00:37:09.230
  • and eternity would invade time, and royalty would show up
  • 00:37:09.240 --> 00:37:13.110
  • dressed as poverty.
  • 00:37:13.120 --> 00:37:16.020
  • Only God could have written such a script.
  • 00:37:16.030 --> 00:37:18.270
  • Only God could have imagined something like that
  • 00:37:18.280 --> 00:37:21.180
  • and brought it to pass.
  • 00:37:21.190 --> 00:37:23.100
  • Who could have thought of such a humble story
  • 00:37:23.110 --> 00:37:25.190
  • for the entrance of our Lord?
  • 00:37:25.200 --> 00:37:27.140
  • I really believe that Paul was experiencing a moment of wonder
  • 00:37:27.150 --> 00:37:31.110
  • when he wrote these words to young Timothy.
  • 00:37:31.120 --> 00:37:34.020
  • He said, "And without controversy,
  • 00:37:34.030 --> 00:37:36.110
  • Timothy, great is the mystery of godliness:
  • 00:37:36.120 --> 00:37:40.140
  • God manifest in the flesh."
  • 00:37:40.150 --> 00:37:45.210
  • Paul says this is unbelievable, we can't even argue about it.
  • 00:37:45.220 --> 00:37:48.200
  • The fact that God has become one of us is mysterious.
  • 00:37:48.210 --> 00:37:52.000
  • Almighty God has come down here to be one of us.
  • 00:37:52.010 --> 00:37:57.060
  • A.W. Tozer was so astonished by this thought he wrote:
  • 00:37:57.070 --> 00:38:00.150
  • "The Coming of Jesus into this world represents
  • 00:38:00.160 --> 00:38:02.290
  • a truth more profound than any philosophy
  • 00:38:03.000 --> 00:38:05.200
  • I have ever heard.
  • 00:38:05.210 --> 00:38:07.070
  • All of the great thinkers of the world together
  • 00:38:07.080 --> 00:38:09.130
  • could never have produced anything
  • 00:38:09.140 --> 00:38:11.070
  • even remotely approaching the wonder
  • 00:38:11.080 --> 00:38:14.080
  • and profundity disclosed in the message of these words:
  • 00:38:14.090 --> 00:38:17.230
  • 'He came.'"
  • 00:38:17.240 --> 00:38:19.290
  • He came.
  • 00:38:20.270 --> 00:38:22.210
  • God came to us.
  • 00:38:22.220 --> 00:38:25.070
  • And Philip Yancey wrote that,
  • 00:38:27.040 --> 00:38:29.120
  • "In Jesus something new happened.
  • 00:38:29.130 --> 00:38:31.230
  • God became one of his own creatures,
  • 00:38:31.240 --> 00:38:34.070
  • an event unparalleled, unheard of,
  • 00:38:34.080 --> 00:38:36.110
  • in fact in the fullest sense of the word.
  • 00:38:36.120 --> 00:38:39.030
  • The God who, fills the universe, imploded to become
  • 00:38:39.040 --> 00:38:41.240
  • a peasant baby who, like every infant
  • 00:38:41.250 --> 00:38:44.270
  • who ever lived, had to learn
  • 00:38:44.280 --> 00:38:46.240
  • to walk and talk and dress himself.
  • 00:38:46.250 --> 00:38:49.070
  • In the incarnation, God's Son deliberately
  • 00:38:49.080 --> 00:38:51.240
  • handicapped himself, exchanging omniscience
  • 00:38:51.250 --> 00:38:55.000
  • for a brain that learned Aramaic stroke by stroke,
  • 00:38:55.010 --> 00:38:59.080
  • omnipresence for two legs and an occasional donkey,
  • 00:38:59.090 --> 00:39:03.170
  • omnipotence for arms strong enough to saw wood
  • 00:39:03.180 --> 00:39:06.040
  • but too weak for self-defense.
  • 00:39:06.050 --> 00:39:08.140
  • Instead of overseeing 100 billion galaxies at once,
  • 00:39:08.150 --> 00:39:13.190
  • he now looked out on a narrow alley in Nazareth,
  • 00:39:13.200 --> 00:39:17.070
  • a pile of rocks in the Judean desert
  • 00:39:17.080 --> 00:39:19.080
  • and a crowded street in Jerusalem."
  • 00:39:19.090 --> 00:39:22.030
  • Wow, who could ever come up with that?
  • 00:39:22.040 --> 00:39:26.080
  • Who could ever have originated that but God himself?
  • 00:39:26.090 --> 00:39:29.280
  • I don't know what you think when you hear all of these words
  • 00:39:29.290 --> 00:39:32.100
  • by these great men, but they stretch my mind
  • 00:39:32.110 --> 00:39:35.250
  • to the breaking point.
  • 00:39:35.260 --> 00:39:38.010
  • This is a truth without any precedent.
  • 00:39:38.020 --> 00:39:41.210
  • There is nothing you can compare it to.
  • 00:39:41.220 --> 00:39:43.230
  • The God of the universe, the Creator of us all,
  • 00:39:43.240 --> 00:39:46.120
  • ordained in his wisdom to come down to earth
  • 00:39:46.130 --> 00:39:48.200
  • and confine himself to a human body
  • 00:39:48.210 --> 00:39:50.260
  • like yours and mine and to walk among us
  • 00:39:50.270 --> 00:39:53.240
  • so that he might ultimately go to a cross and die for us.
  • 00:39:53.250 --> 00:39:58.280
  • Often when we walk by a manger scene
  • 00:39:58.290 --> 00:40:01.170
  • during the Christmas season, we first of all look
  • 00:40:01.180 --> 00:40:04.210
  • for the baby and if we're with children,
  • 00:40:04.220 --> 00:40:07.020
  • they will usually say, "Oh, look at that cute baby.
  • 00:40:07.030 --> 00:40:09.100
  • Look at the baby Jesus."
  • 00:40:09.110 --> 00:40:11.190
  • And certainly, that is a part of our celebration.
  • 00:40:11.200 --> 00:40:14.240
  • But when you look at that baby Jesus in the manger,
  • 00:40:14.250 --> 00:40:17.140
  • remember that baby Jesus is the Lord God of glory
  • 00:40:17.150 --> 00:40:21.170
  • coming down to be born as one of us and that, my friends,
  • 00:40:21.180 --> 00:40:25.060
  • is the wonder of Christmas.
  • 00:40:25.070 --> 00:40:27.210
  • He came down to be one of us.
  • 00:40:27.220 --> 00:40:32.150
  • Let us wonder at his human family.
  • 00:40:32.160 --> 00:40:35.150
  • Jesus's family was really a human mother
  • 00:40:35.160 --> 00:40:38.090
  • and one who was a stand-in father.
  • 00:40:38.100 --> 00:40:41.160
  • Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:40:41.170 --> 00:40:43.260
  • Now there's something to wonder at.
  • 00:40:43.270 --> 00:40:45.120
  • That's never happened before, nor since.
  • 00:40:45.130 --> 00:40:48.180
  • But consider his human family.
  • 00:40:48.190 --> 00:40:50.090
  • Mary was probably 15 or 16 years old
  • 00:40:50.100 --> 00:40:52.280
  • and Joseph not more than 19.
  • 00:40:52.290 --> 00:40:55.170
  • Yet into their family was to be born the Savior
  • 00:40:55.180 --> 00:40:58.250
  • of the whole world.
  • 00:40:58.260 --> 00:41:01.080
  • The most significant event of the centuries took place
  • 00:41:01.090 --> 00:41:04.030
  • in a stable in an insignificant city called Bethlehem.
  • 00:41:04.040 --> 00:41:07.270
  • And I cannot help but wonder what Mary thought,
  • 00:41:07.280 --> 00:41:10.270
  • what ran through her mind when she held the baby Jesus
  • 00:41:10.280 --> 00:41:14.040
  • for the first time.
  • 00:41:14.050 --> 00:41:16.020
  • The most significant thing in the history of the world
  • 00:41:16.030 --> 00:41:18.090
  • did not happen in Caesar's Palace,
  • 00:41:18.100 --> 00:41:20.120
  • or in the plans of the Jewish zealots.
  • 00:41:20.130 --> 00:41:25.010
  • The most significant thing in the history of the world
  • 00:41:25.020 --> 00:41:27.200
  • happened in a manger.
  • 00:41:27.210 --> 00:41:30.060
  • As Mary held that baby, I wonder if she heard ringing in her ears
  • 00:41:30.070 --> 00:41:33.120
  • the words of Isaiah the prophet: "Therefore the Lord Himself
  • 00:41:33.130 --> 00:41:36.280
  • will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive
  • 00:41:36.290 --> 00:41:40.280
  • and bear a Son, and call His name Immanuel."
  • 00:41:40.290 --> 00:41:44.160
  • Mary held Immanuel in her arms.
  • 00:41:44.170 --> 00:41:47.270
  • Do we wonder at that?
  • 00:41:50.000 --> 00:41:51.240
  • Is that not an awesome thing that the Savior of the world
  • 00:41:51.250 --> 00:41:55.240
  • would be born to a humble peasant girl?
  • 00:41:55.250 --> 00:41:59.060
  • And the one who had created her, she held in her arms?
  • 00:41:59.070 --> 00:42:08.190
  • Let us wonder at his human family.
  • 00:42:08.200 --> 00:42:11.210
  • Thirdly, let us wonder at his hostile rejection.
  • 00:42:11.220 --> 00:42:15.060
  • The Bible says that when Jesus was born,
  • 00:42:15.070 --> 00:42:18.010
  • they went to Bethlehem for the census and when they got there,
  • 00:42:18.020 --> 00:42:22.250
  • there was no room for them in the inn and the Scriptures
  • 00:42:22.260 --> 00:42:25.150
  • record that it was an awesome time in history.
  • 00:42:25.160 --> 00:42:30.150
  • When Jesus came to Bethlehem, nobody was out there saying,
  • 00:42:30.160 --> 00:42:34.100
  • "Here he comes.
  • 00:42:34.110 --> 00:42:36.180
  • He's gonna be born in our city, the Savior of the world coming
  • 00:42:36.190 --> 00:42:39.110
  • to Bethlehem.
  • 00:42:39.120 --> 00:42:40.230
  • Don't miss it."
  • 00:42:40.240 --> 00:42:42.130
  • When we went to India, I'd never seen
  • 00:42:42.140 --> 00:42:44.170
  • anything like this before.
  • 00:42:44.180 --> 00:42:46.100
  • When we arrived at the airport, there were about,
  • 00:42:46.110 --> 00:42:48.210
  • oh, 20 couples there with flowers.
  • 00:42:48.220 --> 00:42:51.130
  • They put flowers in the hand of every woman
  • 00:42:51.140 --> 00:42:53.130
  • who was in our party.
  • 00:42:53.140 --> 00:42:55.010
  • When we got to the church, there's a long entryway
  • 00:42:55.020 --> 00:42:57.140
  • into the church, and lined up on both sides
  • 00:42:57.150 --> 00:42:59.190
  • of the entryway were people with placards,
  • 00:42:59.200 --> 00:43:02.180
  • had my picture on it and it said,
  • 00:43:02.190 --> 00:43:04.110
  • "Welcome, David Jeremiah."
  • 00:43:04.120 --> 00:43:07.130
  • I don't think I've ever felt so honored in my life.
  • 00:43:07.140 --> 00:43:10.290
  • But let me tell you something.
  • 00:43:11.000 --> 00:43:12.150
  • There wasn't anybody on the street
  • 00:43:12.160 --> 00:43:13.250
  • when Jesus came to Bethlehem.
  • 00:43:13.260 --> 00:43:15.200
  • Nobody to welcome him.
  • 00:43:15.210 --> 00:43:17.060
  • If you've ever been on a vacation
  • 00:43:17.160 --> 00:43:19.170
  • and you've waited too long to get a motel,
  • 00:43:19.180 --> 00:43:23.000
  • Jesus probably in his mother's womb
  • 00:43:23.010 --> 00:43:26.050
  • stopped at every hotel along the way into Bethlehem
  • 00:43:26.060 --> 00:43:30.010
  • and probably a few inside and every place they went--you see,
  • 00:43:30.020 --> 00:43:33.050
  • there was a census there and the Roman soldiers had come
  • 00:43:33.060 --> 00:43:37.200
  • to occupy the town of Bethlehem to administer the census.
  • 00:43:37.210 --> 00:43:42.130
  • So, it's quite possible that they had tried every place
  • 00:43:42.140 --> 00:43:45.110
  • along the way, and finally,
  • 00:43:45.120 --> 00:43:47.070
  • there was nowhere else for them to go.
  • 00:43:47.080 --> 00:43:49.240
  • So the innkeeper simply had to say,
  • 00:43:49.250 --> 00:43:51.180
  • "We don't have any place."
  • 00:43:51.190 --> 00:43:54.050
  • I think Joseph was a strong man.
  • 00:43:54.060 --> 00:43:56.080
  • He worked in a carpenter's shop.
  • 00:43:56.090 --> 00:43:57.210
  • I bet his hands were full of calluses.
  • 00:43:57.220 --> 00:44:00.220
  • Maybe the kind of person you would say,
  • 00:44:00.230 --> 00:44:02.210
  • "That's nobody to mess with."
  • 00:44:02.220 --> 00:44:04.260
  • I can't imagine that he didn't grab hold
  • 00:44:04.270 --> 00:44:06.210
  • of the innkeeper's shoulders and shake him a little bit
  • 00:44:06.220 --> 00:44:08.170
  • and say, "What do you mean, you don't have any room?
  • 00:44:08.180 --> 00:44:10.180
  • My wife is gonna have a baby.
  • 00:44:10.190 --> 00:44:12.050
  • She can't have this baby out here in the street.
  • 00:44:12.060 --> 00:44:14.000
  • Find me a room."
  • 00:44:14.010 --> 00:44:16.200
  • I'm just trying to think what I might have said.
  • 00:44:16.210 --> 00:44:19.210
  • Finally, the innkeeper remembered that he did have
  • 00:44:25.060 --> 00:44:27.200
  • a stable and maybe they could clean out a corner of it,
  • 00:44:27.210 --> 00:44:30.010
  • and at least provide a shelter for this child to be born.
  • 00:44:30.020 --> 00:44:35.190
  • Frederick Buechner who's a wonderful writer,
  • 00:44:35.200 --> 00:44:37.120
  • tries to take the innkeeper's position for a moment.
  • 00:44:37.130 --> 00:44:40.180
  • Kind of bail him out of the problem
  • 00:44:40.190 --> 00:44:42.160
  • he created for himself by not letting Jesus
  • 00:44:42.170 --> 00:44:44.150
  • into his inn.
  • 00:44:44.160 --> 00:44:47.170
  • And maybe he helps us a little bit to feel better
  • 00:44:47.180 --> 00:44:49.150
  • about the times we push Jesus away as well.
  • 00:44:49.160 --> 00:44:52.130
  • Listen to his words.
  • 00:44:52.140 --> 00:44:53.230
  • He said, "Do you know what it's like to run an inn?
  • 00:44:53.240 --> 00:44:55.250
  • To run a business or a family, or to run anything
  • 00:44:55.260 --> 00:44:57.290
  • for that matter, even your own life.
  • 00:44:58.000 --> 00:45:00.260
  • I mean, it's like being lost in a forest of a million trees
  • 00:45:00.270 --> 00:45:03.290
  • and every tree is a thing to be done.
  • 00:45:04.000 --> 00:45:06.170
  • Is there fresh linen on all the beds?
  • 00:45:06.180 --> 00:45:08.210
  • Did the children put on their coats before they went out?
  • 00:45:08.220 --> 00:45:11.050
  • Has the letter been written?
  • 00:45:11.060 --> 00:45:12.210
  • Has the book been read?
  • 00:45:12.220 --> 00:45:14.010
  • Is there money enough in the bank?
  • 00:45:14.020 --> 00:45:15.110
  • Today we have food in our bellies,
  • 00:45:15.120 --> 00:45:16.230
  • today we have clothes on our back,
  • 00:45:16.240 --> 00:45:20.010
  • but what can we do to make sure
  • 00:45:20.020 --> 00:45:21.150
  • that we'll have them still tomorrow?
  • 00:45:21.160 --> 00:45:24.010
  • A million trees, a million things,
  • 00:45:24.020 --> 00:45:26.120
  • and finally we have eyes for nothing else.
  • 00:45:26.130 --> 00:45:29.040
  • And whatever we see turns into a thing
  • 00:45:29.050 --> 00:45:31.180
  • and we have no time for the wonder."
  • 00:45:31.190 --> 00:45:35.190
  • I get it.
  • 00:45:35.200 --> 00:45:37.130
  • I can see how he missed it.
  • 00:45:37.140 --> 00:45:39.180
  • Just totally overwhelmed with the busyness
  • 00:45:39.190 --> 00:45:43.010
  • of Christmas season, even though
  • 00:45:43.020 --> 00:45:46.170
  • it had never happened before.
  • 00:45:46.180 --> 00:45:49.110
  • Isn't that what happens to us?
  • 00:45:49.120 --> 00:45:51.260
  • I'll be honest with you, over the years
  • 00:45:51.270 --> 00:45:53.170
  • that I've been here, I have come to Christmas
  • 00:45:53.180 --> 00:45:55.060
  • on a few times and by the time the day comes,
  • 00:45:55.070 --> 00:45:57.180
  • 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,
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  • we were having all kinds of programs every night
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  • for two weeks.
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  • Every night we had a program, every night, night after night,
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  • and on the weekends we had two on Saturday, two on Sunday.
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  • And then, came Christmas, and who cared?
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  • We were all so tired,
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  • we couldn't do anything about it.
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  • We felt kind of good that we'd served the Lord,
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  • but you understand what I'm saying.
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  • Christmas gangs up on you, doesn't it?
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  • And all of a sudden you realize,
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  • "Oh, it's only five days from now."
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  • 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
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  • and challenges of his life, he failed to see
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  • the opportunity.
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  • Let us wonder at his heroic worshipers.
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  • "Now there were in the same country shepherds living
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  • out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night."
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  • The Scriptures tell us that those who gathered
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  • to worship Jesus first were shepherds.
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  • Now, I need to tell you that in our culture that loses
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  • some of its meaning and therefore some of its wonder.
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  • In that time and culture, however, shepherds would be
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  • the last and the least to expect the Prince of Peace
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  • to come to them.
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  • I mean, they were shepherds.
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  • They were ceremonially unclean.
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  • 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.
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  • They could not be called as witnesses in court.
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  • For somebody had written that no one could ever believe
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  • the testimony of a shepherd.
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  • They were despised, they were looked down upon,
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  • often hated.
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  • The Jewish Talmud says of them:
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  • "Give no help to a heathen or to a shepherd."
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  • And that's how they were appreciated.
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  • What a wonder that God would choose them to witness
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  • the birth of his Son, to be there first to worship
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  • the coming of the Messiah.
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  • The shepherds.
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  • I mean, men whose skin glistened with sweat,
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  • whose clothes gave off the stench of the field,
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  • those who lacked the most basic manners,
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  • who used language unfit for your children's ears
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  • and on this night, they were favored by heaven.
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  • Do you see what I'm talking about when I say,
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  • there are so many things in the Christmas story to wonder about?
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  • You say, "I want the answers."
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  • No, I don't need all the answers.
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  • I just need to wonder at the imponderables
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  • of the story of the incarnation.
  • 00:48:23.050 --> 00:48:26.210
  • Out of the whole of Jewish society,
  • 00:48:26.220 --> 00:48:29.080
  • God chose shepherds.
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  • Out of the entire population of Jerusalem and Bethlehem,
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  • these outcasts were the only ones who came
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  • to see the Messiah and to spread the news of his coming.
  • 00:48:37.080 --> 00:48:42.180
  • Let us wonder at his humble birth.
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  • Let us wonder at his human family.
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  • Let us wonder at his hostile rejection.
  • 00:48:47.240 --> 00:48:50.120
  • Let us wonder at his heroic worshipers.
  • 00:48:50.130 --> 00:48:54.020
  • And finally, let us wonder at his holy mission.
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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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  • This is really the only thing that brings wonder
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  • to the rest of the story.
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  • Apart from his mission, this is just
  • 00:49:10.130 --> 00:49:12.110
  • a good seasonal tale.
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  • But when we put all of these things together
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  • and we understand that the purpose for all of this was
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  • that he might come to be our Redeemer,
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  • we just stand in awe.
  • 00:49:22.050 --> 00:49:24.030
  • I mean, his purpose in coming was to die.
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  • He was born to die.
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  • To die for you and for me.
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  • He had no other purpose.
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  • The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.
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  • Paul wrote to Timothy.
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  • He said, "This is a faithful saying and worthy
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  • of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus
  • 00:49:42.200 --> 00:49:45.090
  • came into the world to save sinners,
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  • of whom I am chief."
  • 00:49:48.110 --> 00:49:49.260
  • So, you can sum it all up in this way as you consider
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  • the wonders of Christmas, the Creator in a cradle,
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  • the Savior in a stable, the Messiah of the world
  • 00:49:58.240 --> 00:50:03.010
  • in a mother's womb, and the Sovereign of history
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  • welcomed by the outcast shepherds in the field.
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  • I cannot get my arms around it, it is just too wonderful.
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  • All nature honored him, and for three years
  • 00:50:19.020 --> 00:50:23.100
  • he preached the gospel.
  • 00:50:23.110 --> 00:50:25.170
  • He wrote no book, he built no church,
  • 00:50:25.180 --> 00:50:27.090
  • he had no money, and after 2000 years,
  • 00:50:27.100 --> 00:50:29.150
  • he's the central figure of human history,
  • 00:50:29.160 --> 00:50:32.200
  • the perpetual theme of all preaching
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  • and the pivot around which the events of the world take place.
  • 00:50:35.060 --> 00:50:42.130
  • When he was born, history was cut in half.
  • 00:50:42.140 --> 00:50:49.140
  • When that child was born, whether you believe
  • 00:50:51.190 --> 00:50:54.030
  • or do not believe, you will date your letters
  • 00:50:54.040 --> 00:50:56.060
  • and checks and income tax forms with a number representing
  • 00:50:56.070 --> 00:51:00.070
  • how many years have gone by
  • 00:51:00.080 --> 00:51:01.240
  • since what happened, happened.
  • 00:51:01.250 --> 00:51:05.020
  • Even people who do know not Jesus,
  • 00:51:05.030 --> 00:51:06.260
  • who take his name in vain, who criticize those of us
  • 00:51:06.270 --> 00:51:09.180
  • who are Christians, who talk evil about Christmas
  • 00:51:09.190 --> 00:51:13.020
  • and its real meaning, they give humble credit
  • 00:51:13.030 --> 00:51:17.210
  • to the reality of the birth of Jesus
  • 00:51:17.220 --> 00:51:20.200
  • every time they sign a check, every time they sign
  • 00:51:20.210 --> 00:51:23.280
  • their papers for their taxes, every time somebody asks them,
  • 00:51:23.290 --> 00:51:27.080
  • "What is the date," and they give the date.
  • 00:51:27.090 --> 00:51:29.250
  • They say, "Oh, let me just remind you
  • 00:51:29.260 --> 00:51:32.050
  • for a moment what date it is.
  • 00:51:32.060 --> 00:51:33.200
  • Let me see, how many years has it been since Jesus was born?"
  • 00:51:33.210 --> 00:51:36.260
  • And they don't even believe it.
  • 00:51:36.270 --> 00:51:38.220
  • The real wonder of Christmas is just that,
  • 00:51:44.190 --> 00:51:46.280
  • that the Christ who came to Bethlehem has come to us.
  • 00:51:46.290 --> 00:51:51.210
  • And now, in those moments when we pause to reflect
  • 00:51:51.220 --> 00:51:55.170
  • upon the wonder of Christmas, for most of us,
  • 00:51:55.180 --> 00:51:57.260
  • it may be the wonder of Christmas and the wonder
  • 00:51:57.270 --> 00:52:01.020
  • of our first Christmas as a Christian.
  • 00:52:01.030 --> 00:52:04.230
  • I've gotten letters throughout the years from people who said,
  • 00:52:04.240 --> 00:52:07.060
  • "Dear Pastor, I've come to your church and this year
  • 00:52:07.070 --> 00:52:10.060
  • I became a Christian and this is gonna be
  • 00:52:10.070 --> 00:52:12.010
  • my first Christmas as a Christian."
  • 00:52:12.020 --> 00:52:15.260
  • And most of us in this room have had
  • 00:52:15.270 --> 00:52:18.010
  • many Christmases as Christians.
  • 00:52:18.020 --> 00:52:21.170
  • But I don't know about you, I've had far too many
  • 00:52:21.180 --> 00:52:24.140
  • when I've let the busyness of the season rob me
  • 00:52:24.150 --> 00:52:26.230
  • of the wonder of the message.
  • 00:52:26.240 --> 00:52:30.090
  • I've determined not to let that happen again.
  • 00:52:30.100 --> 00:52:33.050
  • So, let me ask you to do this.
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  • During these next few days, wherever you wander,
  • 00:52:35.130 --> 00:52:39.010
  • look for those moments and capture them.
  • 00:52:39.020 --> 00:52:44.240
  • That quiet moment you didn't expect to have,
  • 00:52:44.250 --> 00:52:48.010
  • that experience of wonder out in the open or maybe
  • 00:52:48.020 --> 00:52:51.270
  • at the fireplace in your home or wherever you may find
  • 00:52:51.280 --> 00:52:56.140
  • a moment that isn't distracted by the other things we do.
  • 00:52:56.150 --> 00:53:02.140
  • When that moment comes, embrace the wonder
  • 00:53:02.150 --> 00:53:06.140
  • and thank God for such an incredible message
  • 00:53:06.150 --> 00:53:10.150
  • of hope for all of us.
  • 00:53:10.160 --> 00:53:13.190
  • And if you do that, this will be the best Christmas you ever had.
  • 00:53:13.200 --> 00:53:17.170
  • And I want to encourage you if you haven't done so already
  • 00:53:17.180 --> 00:53:21.280
  • to invite him to come into your heart and life.
  • 00:53:21.290 --> 00:53:25.170
  • Open the doors of your heart.
  • 00:53:25.180 --> 00:53:27.030
  • It's a decision you make, it's a moment in your life
  • 00:53:27.040 --> 00:53:29.260
  • where you just decide,
  • 00:53:29.270 --> 00:53:31.180
  • "I've tried everything else, Pastor.
  • 00:53:31.190 --> 00:53:34.180
  • I'm gonna try Jesus."
  • 00:53:34.190 --> 00:53:37.180
  • And I promise you, he will not turn
  • 00:53:37.190 --> 00:53:39.060
  • any of you away.
  • 00:53:39.070 --> 00:53:41.190
  • The Bible tells us that he has never said no to anyone
  • 00:53:41.200 --> 00:53:44.120
  • who has asked him to come into their heart.
  • 00:53:44.130 --> 00:53:47.130
  • You're not gonna say, "Lord Jesus,
  • 00:53:47.140 --> 00:53:48.230
  • come into my heart," and he's not gonna say,
  • 00:53:48.240 --> 00:53:50.060
  • "No, I'm not up to that today," or "I'll come back next week."
  • 00:53:50.070 --> 00:53:54.220
  • Those are the answers we give; that's not his answer.
  • 00:53:54.230 --> 00:53:57.100
  • He is always willing to open the door of your heart
  • 00:53:57.110 --> 00:54:00.220
  • if you'll just unlatch it on the inside.
  • 00:54:00.230 --> 00:54:04.200
  • So, what about it?
  • 00:54:04.210 --> 00:54:07.170
  • Don't miss the wonder of Christmas this year.
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  • It begins with the wonder of having Christ in your heart.
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