Christmas has been going on for a long time and it’s hard to find a sermon about that baby in a manger that hasn’t been preached before.
A new baby changes everything. For one, you probably won’t get a good night’s rest for about two years. You won’t have much extra money, because you would spend it on diapers, food, and toys. With a new baby, you get happiness and smiles wrapped up in a tiny little bundle.
There was one baby that changed the whole world.
Luke 2:1-16. Isaiah 7:14. The Old Testament is about a people searching for God. The New Testament is about a God who came looking for His lost sheep. Matthew 1:23. That which was hidden for some thousands of years was going to become visible. The Invisible God would be visible, on a mission to seek and save that which was lost.
He changed things. Now there would no longer be a need to sacrifice lambs.
John the Baptist called Him the Lamb of God. The people wouldn’t have to buy doves and pigeons and lambs anymore. No more yearly sacrifice would be needed. David said in Psalms to enter into God’s courts with thanksgiving and into His gates with praise. David saw a day where the living sacrifice would be a man or woman’s praise to God. Hebrews 10:12. Hebrews 9:28. The world had known a prophet. They had known a priest. They had known leaders and judges. But they had never known a savior.
1 Kings 8:10-11. We don’t have to bring doves, or oxen anymore. We just need to bring our hallelujah. We can bring our 100% praise to the Lord in one mind and one accord, and the glory of the Lord will fill the house. It’s no longer only the priests that can go into the presence of the Lord. It’s whosoever will.
The priesthood totally changed because that baby was born.
It tears my heart when I don’t see young people in a church. It makes me wonder if God is through with that church. The priesthood back in the Bible was passed on from generation to generation within the Levite tribe. The old prophets and priesthood and the judges were the head of the body. When the people looked at the body, they couldn’t find that invisible God. It was more of a, “Moses, you go talk to God and then come back and tell us what He says.”
King Herod promised a girl whatever she wanted and she asked for John the Baptist’s head in a charger. I’ve thought about why he was beheaded. I found my answer to be because he was the last prophet and the end of the priesthood.
Ephesians 4:15. Hebrews 10:5. The priests used to be the head of the people. So, in order for the church not to be a monster with two heads, John’s head had to be cut off. Jesus now reigns as the head of the church. John was the last major prophet, since then it’s been the body of Christ working together.
The head of John was given to the girl’s mother, and the body was buried without the head.
The essence of Jesus’ mission was to save the individual’s life.
He changed the world through His church. The enemy has done all he can to stop the church, but it just keeps on marching in the middle of all the corruption, king’s risings and fallings, countries’ risings and fallings. In the last days, Jesus will have His church. The devil may try to burn us, drown us, and utterly destroy us, but the church will be there through the last days. There will be a perfect church.
That baby changed so many things. He transformed time. Now, we measure time in B.C. and A.D. He is the center figure of history. More books have been written about Him than any other person. He was rejected, so we might be accepted. He was condemned, so we might be forgiven. He was punished, so we might be pardoned. He was whipped, so we might be healed. He was hated, so we might be loved. He was crucified, so we might be justified. He was tortured, so we might be comforted.
He endured what we deserve, so we might enjoy what only He could give. We love you and Merry Christmas!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn