Contributed on Dec 22, 2014
The birth of Jesus Christ should motivate us to exalt and worship God, just as the angels sang, "Glory to God in the Highest."
Christmas: Glory to God in the Highest (Luke 2:1-20) (Note: Although the points in this sermon are similar to a previous sermon I composed, this version contains more newly-added Jewish roots material; the skeleton may be similar, but there is more meat on the bones!) 1. Admiring the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2012
As we compare the birth and lives of Jesus and Isaac, we can note an amazing pattern that speaks of God’s determination to intervene in human history – and his desire to intervene in your life!
Jesus and the Isaac Pattern (topical) 1. Christmas season makes us think of shopping. That brings to mind an older couple who are always holding hands. When I asked him why he always holds his wife’s had, he said, “When I let go, she shops.” 2. Someone asked a group of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2012
There are only three men in Scripture who were under a Nazirite Vow from birth: Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. They show us a pattern that is fulfilled in the birth and ministry of Jesus. Though they were in the limelight, they really prepared the
Special Births Connected to Christmas: Samson, Samuel, and John: the Nazirites Judges 13:3-5, I Samuel 1:11, Luke 1:13-17 1. My favorite Christmas joke: he wanted a new car for Christmas, she wanted a fur coat. They compromised: they bought the coat, but kept it in the garage. 2. One child ...read more
Contributed on Dec 16, 2013
Jesus first coming set in motion everything necessary to bring in His Kingdom, in its full extent, at His Second coming.
[Note: I used graphics of the constellations I found online as illustrations; you might consider doing the same.]. Christmas in Revelation? Yep! (Rev. 12:1-9) INTRO 1. I love a good "who done it mystery." I have to admit that Agatha Christie's books and Erle Stanley Gardner's, "Perry ...read more
Contributed on Dec 29, 2013
The Glory of Christmas is found in Jesus Christ!
The Glory of Bethlehem’s Babe (John 1:14) 1. People love to use their talents around Christmas time. It didn’t end with the little drummer boy. For example, a plumber I knew was married to gal who love to make gingerbread houses, so he installed the plumbing. A is into home ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2014
All the major players in the Christmas story -- except Herod -- were noted for their humility. Let us take note and showcase humility in our lives.
Have Yourselves A Humble Little Christmas (Luke 1:39-56, Philippians 2:5-11) 1. Many people contemplate the subject of humility. • What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. ~ Abraham Lincoln • The graveyards are full of indispensable men. ~ Charles De ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2007
The Christmas story carries with it deep theology and fascinating prophecies that were fulfilled.
Christmas Prophecies (tropical) 1. Lin Smalec writes, "I read recently about a children’s Sunday School class that heard the Christmas story and sang the beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night”. They were then asked to draw what they thought the nativity scene might have looked like. One ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2008
The genealogy of Jesus Christ demonstrates how gracious God is and His love for sinners, because God included some unlikely grandmothers in the mix.
To Grandmother’s House We Go? (Matthew 1:1-16) 1. What scandals does your family have in their closets? A few years ago, I wrote up the Vasicek family history for our family members only. On the front page, I wrote, "Not suggested for those under 18." Most of you, if you traced back a few ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2015
The visit of the Magi piques our curiosity but also reveals the importance of honoring Jesus Christ — no matter how much effort it takes.
The Magi Surface (Matthew 2:1-12) 1. Some people think the Bible teaches that the fruit Adam and Eve ate in the Garden was an apple….. probably a fig. Most of us know the Christmas narratives fairly well, but we often assume things that the text does not actually say. 2. Lin Smalec ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2009
Gabriel communicated God’s message to different kinds of people in very different circumstances; although he may have explained the content at different levels, he did not change the content. God’s truth is God’s truth: It is to be believed and undertood!
Honest Gabe (topical) 1. Abraham Lincoln was often called "Honest Abe." His nickname was well-earned; his honesty was extreme. 2. Honesty and integrity are not only virtues of good people, they also characterize the holy angels, including the angel Gabriel. 3. But how do you do the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 14, 2009
It may seem like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were at the mercy of innkeepers and emperors, but, in retrospect, the birth of Jesus amplifies God’s control and involvement in the entire matter. God is strong and in control.
God’s Orchestration of Christmas (Luke 2:1-7) 1. This story broke this week from the United Kingdom: " LONDON (Reuters) – Gone are the days of shepherds in tea towels and tinsel-clad angels. Britain’s competitive parents are forking out on luxury pashmina shawls and velour dressing gowns to ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2009
Since mankind is made up mostly of common people, common shepherds were the first visitors to welcome the Savior of mankind.
The Shepherds Meet the Good Shepherd (Luke 2:7-18) 1. Remember the commercials a few years ago that said, "Got Milk?" We Vasiceks are into dairy. We use lots of lowfat cottage cheese, yogurt, and obviously milk. 2. Wisconsin is "the Dairy State," although California is advertising. The land ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2010
Both Josephs trusted God in tight spots and uncomfortable situations. Both Josephs were pillars others could lean upon because they were faithful and spiritually responsible.
Joseph and Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) 1. I have noticed that when I bring up the name of Martin Luther, most people think I am bringing up the name of Martin Luther King. 2. Why is that? Most people not into church history or history in general. Since we have a holiday designated for Martin ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2011
It is Providential that the Old Testament history of Bethlehem foreshadows the birth, person, and work of the Messiah.
Bethlehem 2011 (topical) 1. According to a British Paper (Romsey Advertiser): “Christmas shoppers looking for a bargain should be wary of counterfeit goods which flood the market in the run-up to the festive season, the UK Border Agency has warned. “Fake Ugg Boots, GHD hair straighteners, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2011
Like peanut butter and jelly, Christmas and joy belong together.
Christmas and Joy: A Natural Combination (topical) 1. For some people this year, Christmas is hard; first Christmas without a loved one, perhaps. Or a terminal ailment is hanging on someone’s head, and they know that this will be their last Christmas. Or a marriage has broken up, and this will ...read more
Contributed on Dec 14, 2015
Our beliefs extend way back before Jesus was born. Most of the elements and theology of Christmas were prophesied in one form or another by Isaiah 700 years before Jesus was born.
Isaiah Anticipates Christmas (Isaiah 7:14, 9:2,6-7, 60:5-7) 1. A small boy was writing a letter to Jesus about the Christmas presents he badly wanted. “I’ve been good for six months now,” he wrote. But after a moment’s reflection he crossed out “six months” ...read more
Contributed on Dec 27, 2011
When God provided His Son on Christmas and throughout his earthly life, God did it right. No surprises, no failures, no forgotten details.
The Right Place at the Right Time (Galatians 4:4-5) 1. We noticed in previous weeks that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy. He was born in the right place. 2. A Sunday School was putting on a Christmas pageant which included the story of Mary and Joseph coming to the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2017
Both Josephs trusted God in difficult situations. Both Josephs were pillars who protected others because they took the Lord seriously.
Note: This is a revision (with some reworking) of a December 2010 sermon, also posted on Sermon Central, entitled, "Joseph and Joseph." Joseph Times Two (Matthew 1:18-25) 1. We often assume things that are not true. Joke. “Thanks for the electric guitar you gave me for Christmas," little ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2018
Celebrating the birth of Jesus is appropriate and good, but we must not forget the life-altering habits that should follow!
Christmas Overflow (Luke 2:17-20) Unlike some of my previous Luke 2 sermons, this focuses primarily upon verses 17-20. 1. It seemed the whole world was waiting breathlessly for the birth of this baby. This baby is Prince George, firstborn son of Prince Harry and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2019
As we consider the first Christmas season, we are struck with contrasts that illustrate how God works in His providence and among people.
A Christmas of Contrasts (Luke 2:7, 16-19; Matthew 2:1-10) 1. What Christmas memories do you have? “When I was 9 years old, I ran into my mom and dad’s room to wake them up to open presents. I tripped over a rug while I was running and smashed my teeth against my parent's bedpost. Blood was ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2020
Christmas celebrates the birthday of the King of Kings. But what is the nature of this King, and why did He come?
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! 1 and 2 (topical, first two stanzas) 1. We associate many things with the Christmas season,including presents. 2. One Christmas my husband put an assortment of beauty products in my stocking. I tried one of the facial masks, and was about to wash it off when my ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2020
Jesus was born to heal our spiritual ills, both delivering us from hell and transforming us into godly men and women. Let’s look at two “hows” that explain these blessings.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Part 2 Healing in His Wings (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! stanzas 3-4) 1. One woman writes: Our fourth grader celebrated his birthday on crutches, so he couldn’t carry the cupcakes into school without help. I asked our sixth-grader, Noah, to help his brother carry ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2020
We can never pay God back for the gift of His Son, but we can gift ourselves to Him out of love and appreciation.
Exchanging Gifts with God (2 Corinthians 9:15, Romans 12:1-2) 1. A little five year old girl took a sheet of brown construction paper and cut out the letter “E” with her safety scissors. She wrapped it and gave it to her dad for Christmas. When dad opened the present, he looked at it with a smile ...read more