Here's the Sunday Morning sermon outline. The main question: Are you willing to celebrate Christmas by surrendering your kingdom for His?
Text: Matthew 2:16-23
Theme: Hating Christmas
Date: 1/10/2010 AM
Location: CBC Monticello
Open: Not all people like Christmas.
Some people don't like the stuff that goes along with the celebration of the holiday
Other people just downright do not like Christmas:
Scrooge: BAH! Humbug.
The celebration of the birth of Christ
The birth of Christ itself
There were people in the actual Christmas story that didn't like Christmas:
Some were apathetic:
The people of Nazareth would have noticed Joseph and Mary return with a baby, but probably didn't make more of a fuss than they would over any other baby
The Egyptians didn't notice the coming of Christ---other than a small group of refugees. Probably an inconvenience, but at least a more customers and taxpayers
Some were downright hostile:
Herod: This was his kingdom, and he wasn't interested in surrendering it
The Jewish leadership: think about it: these guys are consulted to find out where the Messiah would be born, given indication there was reason to believe He had come. Yet, when the time comes that He needs protection from Herod, where is their protest and protection? Not there, is it? No.
Sometimes doing nothing is just as evil as the actions you are allowing to happen
To us, how do we respond now that Christmas has come?
Are we willing to take notice?
Christ came as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are to surrender our Kingdoms to Him.
Christmas is more than just the celebration of the birth of a child, it is in fact the celebration of the breaking in of the Kingdom of God