Recycled Christmas (Luke 2:1-7)Pastor Joe Sanders, December 15, 2013
Part of the Vintage Christmas series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There’s lots of times in life when we feel used up, ready to be thrown away, like we don’t have anything left to give. The pains and suffering that many of us endure in this life sap the strength from us, leaving us with little or no evidence of a sovereign (much less good) God- but Scripture continues to tell us to believe. This is the world that Christ entered into when he was born. Not just to live beside or with it, but to be born into it and to live in it and to redeem it. He came into a world full of broken and messed up people in order to renew and remake them. He is taking our pain and suffering and recycling them for a beautiful purpose. Our response to his recycling work is to say, “I will not let go!"
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1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (KJV)