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An Unwanted Saviour!

John 1:11: "It's more blessed to give than to receive."

To watch our children and grandchildren open their presents, and to see the smiles on their faces,
brings joy to our hearts.
Christmas is a wonderful day.
However, all good things come to an end, and so does Christmas.
It was great while it lasted.

Someone has realistically said, "December's generosity becomes January's payments.
Our presents soon become possessions
."
Life quickly gets back to normal.
The holidays are over, and it is back to school and back to work.

Even though Christmas is so commercialized, more people probably still think about Jesus
than any other time of the year.

I want to share this great gift of God with you.
I like what was pointed out to me recently
Someone has said that Christmas is more than the arrival of Jesus Christ.
It is also the departure.

The Bible says, "For unto us a child is born (the arrival), unto us a Son is given (the departure)."
Isaiah 9:6

Luke writes, "And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,
and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn
." (Luke 2:7) This was the place where God Himself entered the world as a baby.
He came as an infant and was laid in a feeding troth.

Jesus was laid in a manger in order to show forth His humility.
This is the ultimate example of humility.
The Bible says, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
(Matthew 20:28).

Religious leaders were looking for a king to serve, but Jesus came as a serving king. Jesus said: "Come to Me, all you who are burden and heavy laden, and I will give you rest...."
(Matthew 11:28)

With Jesus there are no boundaries of race, color, creed, sex or religion.
God will save all who will come to Him.
He wants the rich and poor; the young and old; the moral and immoral to come to Him.
There is no one too good to come to Him, and there is no one too bad.
He wants us all to come to Him, and He will receive us just as we are.

Jesus knew what it was to be without.
He was not born into a rich family.
Jesus came to this earth knowing what it was to be poor

Everything Jesus had was borrowed.
His manger; the donkey He rode on in Jerusalem; the cross He was crucified on, and the tomb in which He was buried.

Shortly after He was born,
Herod was determined to kill Him.
King Herod was told by the wise men that the "King of the Jews" had been born in Bethlehem.
So, Herod had all male children in Bethlehem, 2 years and under.
They were killed in the hope of killing Jesus.
Though he failed to kill Him at his birth, his effort found fulfillment at Calvary. Our country doesn't want Him either. There isn't any room for Him in our present world.
Nobody wanted Jesus.
The Bible says, "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). This same Jesus who was seen turning water into wine; who was seen healing the sick, lame and blind;
who was seen feeding over 5000 people; and who was seen raising the dead,
was rejected by His own creation.

He came to set us free from the power of sin and of death.
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though He may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die
." (John 11:25-26) Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me
." (Revelations 3:20)
People make room for everyone else, but Jesus.
What about you?
Have you made room in your heart for Jesus?

If you will make room for Jesus in your heart, He will make room for you in His Father's house in heaven. Make room for Him in your heart by turning from sin and turning to Jesus.
Invite Jesus into your life as your personal Lord and Savior.

When you do, you will have received the greatest gift in all the world -- the gift of eternal salvation!
And you will truly be blessed and you will have the best Christmas ever.

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
Email Dr. White at hleewhite@aol.com