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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAITING WITH ANTICIPATION
SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 1:1-15
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Titus 2:13
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
As we enter the Christmas season many hearts are
filled with anticipation.
It is the hope we have that drives the strength of
Those who have no hope fail to enjoy the
anticipation of Christmas
HOPE WE HAVE
Adam & Eve lived in a time when hope was not needed
They lived in a perfect environment
They had perfect bodies
There every need was met
They fellowshipped with God every day
A time when there was not hope
They listened to the voice of Satan
They recognize their sins and tried to cover it up
They hid from God
The first glimmer of hope
The promise of the coming of a Messiah (Savior)
Genesis 3:15 (BBE)
And there will
be war between you and the woman and between your
seed and her seed: by him will your head be crushed
and by you his foot will be wounded.
This is the first of many Messianic Prophecies and
it was given to Satan and not to Adam and Eve
The first prophecy was a warning of judgment; the
second prophecy was a promise of life
Satan would face the judgment of God
Jesus would suffer for our atonement
The Messianic Prophecies progress slowly over the
next 4,000 years
ANTICIPATION OF THE PROMISED SEED
The promise of the Messiah (seed) to come through
And I will
establish my covenant between me and thee and thy
seed after thee in their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to
thy seed after thee.
Now to Abraham
and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,
And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy
seed, which is Christ.
The Messiah was to come through the tribe of Judah
shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from
between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him
the gathering of the people
The promise of light in the time of darkness
Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
walking in darkness have seen a great light; on
those living in the land of the shadow of death a
light has dawned.
ANTICIPATION OF THE MESSIAH’S BIRTH
The Messiah is to be born of a virgin
Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his
The duel nature of His birth
For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty
God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of
the increase of
government and peace
be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon
his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with
judgment and with justice from henceforth even for
ever. The zeal of the
hosts will perform this.
The place of his birth is foretold
thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
out of thee shall he come forth unto me
to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth
have been from of old, from everlasting.
In spite of have great anticipation of the coming of
the Messiah, most of those waiting missed it.
YOU ANTICIPATING THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST?
And when he
had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him out of their
sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward
heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them
in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this
same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go
Jesus came the first time as the Lamb of God; He
will come the second time as the Lion of Judah
Jesus taught many Parables on His Second Coming,
warning us to be ready as we know not when it will
But of that
that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the
There are many who try to predict His Coming
but the Word is very clear that no one knows when
Jesus will come
This causes many non-believers to doubt Jesus’ return
2 Peter 3:3-4
first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying,
Where is the promise of his coming? for since the
fathers fell asleep, all things continue as
from the beginning of the creation.
For the Believer the anticipation of Christ’s return
fills our heart with hope.
that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Are you looking for that day with great anticipation
when Christ shall come and it will bring the end to
Satan and sin.
So Christ was
once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them
that look for him shall he appear the second time
without sin unto salvation.
Revelation 21:1-4 (KJV)
And I saw a
new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and
the first earth were passed away; and there was no
more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I
heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold,
the tabernacle of God
is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them,
and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away.
SHAME THAT CHRISTMAS BRINGS”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the
Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The Christmas season is one of the most joyful times
of the year
Our hearts are filled with joy and anticipation of
what Christmas means to us.
On the most part we fail to see the dark clouds
rising in the future
As we draw closer to the end of time we are going to
face greater attacks on our Christian Faith.
We will be forced to deny (be ashamed) our
Faith or will we will stand tall against the
onslaught of the enemy.
Are we willing to suffer shame and ridicule for
TWO WHO WERE
WILLING TO SUFFER SHAME AND RIDICULE
We often gloss over the story of Mary not
considering what she had to face because of her
willingness to obey God
A. WHO WOULD BELIEVE HER STORY?
Who could she tell that an angel had come and told
her she was to give birth to the Son of God?
She was a virgin, how could she become pregnant
How did her family treat her?
Why did Mary go to Elisabeth for three months?
Mary’s parents are never mentioned in the Bible
How would Joseph react to her story
Mary had to be willing to face shame and humiliation
everywhere she went
B. MARY WAS OBEDIENT TO GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS
Do you believe that Mary travelled an easy road
because she was willing to obey God?
Consider many of the heroes of the Old Testament who
were obedient to God but faced many hardships.
JOSEPH: Matthew 1:18-25
A. JOSEPH STRUGGLED IN BELIEVING MARY’S STORY
By putting Mary away, he would be free from any
responsibility towards Mary or the child
By accepting Mary he would bear the full
responsibility of the child she was carrying
B. JOSEPH ACCEPTED MARY AS HIS WIFE
By taking Mary as his wife, he along with Mary faced
many years of shame and humiliation.
Joseph could hear the snickers of those around them
Joseph may have faced the wrath of Mary’s family
Joseph may have found it hard to find good work
LIKE JOSEPH AND MARY WE MUST MAKE A CHOICE
There is a very difficult road that lies ahead for
Will we stand fast against the onslaught of the
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to everyone that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
There will be many who will turn away from the
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (TLB)
carried away and deceived regardless of what they
say. For that day will not come until two things
happen: first, there will be a time of great
rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion
will come—the son of hell.
John 12:42-43 (BBE)
number even of the rulers had belief in him, but
because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly
for fear that they might be shut out from the
Synagogue: For the praise of men was dearer to them
than the approval of God.
We must be willing to stand against the attacks of
Ephesians 6:10-18 (GW)
receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty
strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In
this way you can take a stand against the devil's
strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a
human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers,
authorities, the powers who govern this world of
darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in
the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the
armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to
take a stand during these evil days. Once you have
overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand
your ground. So then, take your stand! Fasten truth
around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval
as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you
are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace.
In addition to all these, take the Christian faith
as your shield. With it you can put out all the
flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation
as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that
the Spirit supplies. Pray in the Spirit in every
situation. Use every kind of prayer and request
there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every
kind of effort and make every kind of request for
all of God's people.
We must be willing to face shame and abuse because
of our Believe in the Christmas Story
1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25
message about the cross is nonsense to those who are
being destroyed, but it is God's power to us who are
being saved. Jews ask for miraculous signs, and
Greeks look for wisdom, but our message is that
Christ was crucified. This offends Jewish people and
makes no sense to people who are not Jewish. But to
those Jews and Greeks who are called, he is Christ,
God's power and God's wisdom. God's nonsense is
wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is
stronger than human strength.
LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 9:2 (ASV)
that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.
Do you enjoy the lights of Christmas?
The purpose of the Christmas lights is to shine
forth the true meaning of Christmas into a sin
What is darkness other than the absence of light?
The earth at one time was clothed in darkness
And the earth
was without form, and void; and darkness
upon the face of the deep.
God first brought light into a physically dark
God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
…then He brought light into a spiritual darkened
John 1:4-5 (NLT)
Word gave life to everything that was created, and
his life brought light to everyone. The light shines
in the darkness, and the darkness can never
Have you ever had to grope about in total darkness?
And thou shalt
grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness,
and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou
shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no
man shall save
The way of the
as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS BRINGS A MESSAGE: Luke 2:9-20
And, lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of
the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people. For unto you is born this
day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ
A MESSAGE OF HOPE
The light of the Gospel brings message of hope into
a sin darkened world.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
For God, who
said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his
light shine in our hearts to give us the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
A MESSAGE OF JOY
The light of the angels brings a message of joy to
the hearts of the shepherds
Proverbs 25:25 (KJV)
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so
is good news from a far country.
A MESSAGE OF PEACE
Glory to God
in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
Thou wilt keep
him in perfect peace,
thee: because he trusteth in thee.
LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS GIVES US DIRECTION: Matthew
When they had
heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east, went before them, till
it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding
In this sin darkened world we need the light of
Christmas to guide us to the Savior
Satan seeks to destroy the Christmas lights of
And when they
were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and
take the young child and his mother, and flee into
Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:
for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
It is the lights of Christmas that guides us out of
sin darkness into God glorious light
lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
It is the Christmas lights of direction that will
reveal the hidden traps of sin and Satan.
2 Peter 1:19 (NLT)
that experience, we have even greater confidence in
the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay
close attention to what they wrote, for their words
are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the
Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in
Sin’s darkness cannot overcome the lights of
John 1:5 (GW)
shines in the dark, and the dark has never
God has called us out of darkness into His light
1 Peter 2:9
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light:
JESUS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS:
Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.
We either walk in His light or we walk in darkness
John 12:46 (GW)
I am the light
that has come into the world so that everyone who
believes in me will not live in the dark.
John 12:35-36 (GW)
Jesus answered the crowd, “The light will still be
with you for a little while. Walk while you have
light so that darkness won't defeat you. Those who
walk in the dark don't know where they're going.
While you have the light, believe in the light so
that you will become people whose lives show the
We as Believers have the responsibility and
privilege of bearing the lights of Christmas into a
sin darkened world.
Ye are the
light of the world. A city that is set on an hill
cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a
candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
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