The Christmas season adds a lot of extra responsibilities to your plate—including sermon preparation, outreach organization, candlelight service arrangement, Christmas parties, the list goes on and on.
Add to this your personal family commitments. But as busy as you’ll be this Christmas season, that’s not your biggest problem. Your biggest concern is that you’ll be too familiar with the Christmas story.
You’ve read this story a hundred times. You’ve preached it, sung about it, and probably have recited it in your sleep. You know the story too well.
You’re not alone. In fact, you can look at the Christmas story itself for company. During the very first Christmas, there was a group of people who missed the birth of Jesus because of familiarity: the religious leaders in Jerusalem.
You’ll notice that when the Son of God was born, not a single religious person was invited. The people who should have known the most about the birth of Jesus, the spiritual and religious leaders of Israel, didn’t have a clue.
Wise men who had studied the Hebrew Scriptures came from the East because they had seen the Star. They knew the Savior of…Continue Reading