WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? • “IT IS A GREAT TRADITION!” • A. There Are Different Kinds Of Traditions: 1. God’s traditions are RIGHT! (2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Cor. 11:2; Mt. 15:1-9; Col. 2:8; Acts 15:1ff; Gal. 2:3ff; Acts 16:3). 2. Man’s religious traditions are WRONG! B. Where did X-mas Begin (1 Pet. 4:11)? 1. Where is the command, approved example, or necessary inference? a. What day or month (Lk. 2:8)? b. Wise men (Mt. 2:1,11; Lev. 10:1ff)?
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? “Scholars do not know the exact date of Christ’s birth… In A.D. 354, Bishop Liberius of Rome ordered the people top celebrate on December 25. He probably chose this date because the people of Rome already observed it as the Feast of Saturn, celebrating the birthday of the sun. Christians honored Christ, instead of Saturn, as the Light of the World…” (World Book Encyclopedia Vol. 3, p. 416, 1965) “The name is derived from the medieval Christes Masse, the Mass of Christ.” (Encyclopedia Americana)
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? II. “X-MAS KEEPS THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW,NOT THE LETTER!” A. What They Mean Is: “Sincerity is enough, but obedience is sinful (legalism). ” B. What Does God Say About This? 1. Contrast old & new law (2 Cor. 2:17-3:11; 4:1-6). 2. God demands sincereobedience (Heb. 10:26-29; John 4:23-24; Matt. 7:22-23).
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? II. “X-MAS KEEPS THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW,NOT THE LETTER!” B. What Does God Say About This? 3. God has NEVER condemned obedience (Mt. 23:23-24)! “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam. 15:22)
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? III. “IT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER!” A. Does The End Justify The Means (Rom. 3:8)? B. The Crowd Is Often Wrong (Ex. 23:2; Pr. 1:10-11f; Mt. 7:13-14). C. True Unity Is Based On Truth (John 17:17-21; 2 Thess. 2:11-12)! IV. “IT FEELS RIGHT!” A. Paul Felt Right (Acts 23:1; 24:6; 26:9-11; Pr. 14:12)!
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE BABY JESUS? V. “WHAT CAN WE DO THEN?” A. Partake of the Authorize Memorial (1 Cor. 11:23-29; Acts 20:7)! B. Keep man made days in a NON- religious way (Rom. 14; Acts 15:1, v. 24; 16:3). DO YOU LOVE JESUS? (John 14:15)