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Don't Miss Christ this Christmas

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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December 23, 2021 7:00 am

Don't Miss Christ this Christmas

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December 23, 2021 7:00 am

There’s a lot to celebrate this time of year and we don’t want to miss any of it the food, the fun, the family time and especially the point. That’s what Dr. Tony Evans will talk about in this lesson as he draws our attention back to the reason why we celebrate.

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Dr. Tony Evans says we need to stay focused on the reason we celebrate celebrating.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony have authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the Christmas gives us a lot to celebrate. We don't want to miss any of the food, the fund family time, and especially the point. That's what Dr. Evans will be talking about today. Let's join him in Kentucky on 1218 09.

You heard a baby crying little would you know that that would be the sound of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, well if you pass by a farmhouse in Charlotte North Carolina on November 7, 1918 America whimper of a child little would you know that that would be the cry of the greatest demand the best of the 20th century, Billy Graham on October 14, 1890 the sounds of the baby in this poor area would be the sounds of a Dwight Eisenhower, a military genius, the 34th president.

Perhaps the cry of a sharecropper's baby on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette Alabama a world champion was born would become known as Joe Lewis number words if you simply look at where they were born in the.

The cries that they made, they would have been written off as insignificant as a baby all but don't let them grow up because it became apparent in each of those illustrations that those babies were meant for greatness for the viewer to Bethlehem 2000 years ago by a stable and heard a baby cry little bit easy to write the noise often simply the whimpering of a child not knowing God himself and entered into human history we are facing a time when Christmas Christ is missing commits all the frivolity and fanfare food Fellowship family and fun. It's easy to miss Christ at Christmas, but that's not unique to us. That was true in the first century as well because I want to show you some folks to miss Christ at Christmas. The way we miss him today because each of these messages are relevant to us.

The first one who miss Christ at Christmas was the innkeeper because Luke chapter 2 verse seven says, and she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped him in calls and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the only new baby boy on was the son of the living God. Trust me, I would've found a room if he only knew that the King of overlords was just trying to find a place to be born in the that would've built the room at the head with all that Bethlehem was crowded. That's because verse one tells us that in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that his senses be taken of all the inhabitants of the earth, and every body was sent back to their city of birth to be registered so Joseph from Bethlehem went back with his family and registered for this crowded town called Bethlehem people that come from all over the crowds were everywhere. Money was on the table because it related to the taxing sleep wherever you go. This Christological run in the crowds will be plenty of folk who will crowd Jesus out. The only reason I went Bethlehem is because there is a time you go back the reason for many of the crowd.

You places because your job said you become aware and so people are going to be out there going to be busy this innkeeper only that the baby that there was no room for was the long-awaited Messiah things would change much traffic this innkeeper. What if he said the summer God stated but what is happening today is that Jesus has been backed out of Christmas in the midst of all the activity that will take place. Jesus will be hard to find. He will be replaced by trees of mistletoe by light and so but it will be camouflaged. He will be mentioned will be referenced in fact become popular today, even to move nativity scenes to make it an Xmas not a Christmas Christ mass or to replace Merry Christmas with happy holiday. I just don't want you to miss Christ this Christmas. I don't want you to have the roles of Christmas without the Christ of Christmas. Like many boxes that people have wrap outside of their homes. They look beautiful but the empty don't have a beautiful Christmas with an empty box doesn't know Christ in the center of those slobber Jesus this Christmas so that you have a priceless Christmas knobby innkeeper had no role in the question is do you have any room.

Is there any space to give Jesus Christ do, don't miss Christ this Christmas. Now the second person who miss Christ on Christmas was King Herod in Matthew chapter 2 verse three we read these words when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him when he heard what we heard about the wise man said where is the king of the Jews. Herod said say what Herod said on the king of the Jews which way you're looking for the king of the Jews is like many of us don't have room for two kids, because we decided to be our own king, and the only king we decided to be masters of our own fake captains of our own ship when online Jesus being number 70 long as he's not one of the ways you missed.

Jesus is trying to be your own king. One of the way humans Jesus is trying to rule your own life.

One of the way you missed Jesus is troubled by the fact that he wants to be the only king that you have to submit to him did not want anybody competing for his throne. When Jesus came to set up his own king to the class supremacy. People do not want Jesus to interfere with their lives that careers that money that power the personality of ambition to plan that not only was messed up about all this says it all with him say we're on standard size Christmas. Christmas is really sanitized. Today is nice and sweet it is melodious. No kids were being killed Christmas infanticide every child two years and under every boy was to be slaughtered by Herod because Jesus showed up saying when Jesus shows up and demands the BK is rejected as will be trouble. The reason why we have a lot of the trouble we have in our world and our lives in our homes today is because the king has been rejected. So as a result, there is chaos and confusion and weeping and mourning paying individual because Jesus can be in the vicinity just to be on the throne can be telling me what to do. He can't be my point of reference to Overrule me and explain Jesus can overrule you do not celebrate Christmas. Jesus can silence you. When he speaks not celebrate Christmas know when you think yes you not celebrating Christmas. Jesus can boss you around you're not celebrating Christmas or celebrate you like is your birthday. You got off work not ready for holiday just because the food is just because the family is coming over. Jesus is not gay, the potty don't call the Christmas place on earth and goodwill to men all holiday season.

Peace on earth, goodwill to men, but I believe some off because Jesus said I will be peace on earth and goodwill to men with whom he is well pleased with whom he is well pleased. See everybody want the first part but not the last time that I want to play, but they want peace on earth and goodwill to men. You can have peace in your life. You can't be single all UK you can have no circumstances if he is not pleased with you. So if you want all that. You better make sure you happy birthday to you should be singing the song everyday issue birthday issue birthday Medi-Cal Jesus. This is the day that make everyday Christmas because babies well pleased conflicts. The harmony of the peace, the joy stuff that we want that people will be singing about and praying about and talking about becomes a possibility. You cannot please Jesus get the benefits of that work that way.

Dr. Evans will tell us about another group missed out on the first Christmas when he returns to continue this message just a moment before he does, though, I want to let you know that when you make a donation to help us keep his teaching coming your way will send you all 20 messages in his year-end audio collection the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, it's our way of saying thanks for your investment in us which enables us to continue investing in you and for a limited time to those who donate and request the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, we have a special offer at your request will also include up to three additional resources from Tony, ranging from a popular devotional for men, a new and timely book covering the biblical look at race and even a book just for kids called made by God.

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Once again that's Tony or by phone 1-800-800-3222. I repeat that information for you after prior to today's message here is Dr. Evans well is another miss Christmas the religious folk folk went to church you go to church and miss Christmas because Rick told King Herod, when he heard about this king called together. Verse four. Matthew two all the chief priests and scribes where Messiah was to be born unless does this topic not to reference this king would be because he calls them the Messiah and the Messiah would be the anointed one prophesied in the Old Testament, the religious folk said verse five of Judea for this is what the prophet wrote you, Bethlehem, land of Judah by no means least among the leaders of Judah, out of you shall come forth a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.

They quoted Micah 52. Michael was written 700 years before this event in Matthew, the birth of Jesus's religious leaders knew Scripture government. Herod asked him where was the board they quoted Micah 521 spot. But wait a minute that you know the Scripture, but never made the trip.

They knew the values but they didn't go to Bethlehem when the guys who didn't go to seminary go to Bible college the wisemen.

The folks who did not follow biblical training went to Bethlehem in the Bible, church, Bethlehem Bible, but they did make the trip.

What I'm trying to say is if you know the Bible but don't go and make the Savior you miss Christmas Bethlehem from Jerusalem. It was not like a long airplane. You can walk it but the problem didn't understand why Jesus came. First of all, Jesus didn't come to your work didn't come so you could get a bonus check. Jesus didn't come so you can have a nice dinner turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, all the good stuff you know income income so you can sing carols not liking. He came because it was a sin problem that needed to be resolved in the sin problem that needed to be resolved. Only he could resolve it.

God had to come as a man in order to resolve this problem because the religious leaders didn't think they had a problem they didn't even save because they know they have been saying they were looking for. The remedy and the reason why people will use his name, but not take Jesus seriously if they don't understand why UK income just so you can feel better income.

Just so you can be inspired, he came to deal with sin and to provide salvation. And if you understand that's why he came missing the party because Jesus is not bad. He came to deal with sin in our lives so that we would be say and sit in our lives so that we would have fellowship with him so they knew the Bible, but they never made it to the question I want to ask you is are you missing Christ this Christmas holiday if it's only a holiday college but don't call the Christmas prank that may have anything to do with what good is a birthday birthday and was not welcome, were you living in the day we are having a priceless Christmas other than mentioning him from time to time. Out of courtesy know you give him the honor to his name. When you understand the phone to discover Christmas and what they did. Even when Mary wrapped him in the cloth that was a deep faith when she wrapped the middle class more than a diaper but if you don't understand that you won't understand Christmas. One of things that you need to know when the wisemen came usually always make everything where the wisemen surrounding a baby in a manger, the Bible says that when the wisemen came, Jesus was a house not a baby in a manger, but if you read the scripture you will be fooled by nativity scenes.

He was a toddler in the house if they saw the star when he was born but they couldn't get to him until he was a time in the house. That meant they took many months to get the two years all of you figured Jesus was worth the journey. We won't even go down the street to celebrate Jesus when they cross continents to get to him because I knew they were dealing with.

When you understand is the King of Kings and Lord of lords that you will be convenient for that party. Because you understand that he's a king on a throne and is worthy to be praised, so don't you leave Christ out this Christmas make a big deal about make a big deal about it because he deserves it. Make a big deal about it Become a man make a big deal about it because because it came every time the lights. Nobody could give you facts make a big deal about it because he is King of Kings and Lord of lords was the role your life that makes up the big deal about it that you consider your life calling the shop. Dr. Evans will have a final word of encouragement for us when he returns just a moment before he does know I want to remind you about our current year-end audio collection the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, as I mentioned earlier, all 20 messages in this said our gift to you to make a contribution to help us keep Tony's teaching on the station and for a limited time.

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Dr. Evans will come back in just a moment. So stay with us this year's been another tough challenge is 2020 still remain as we get ready to step into the new year. We are excited about the opportunities before us to reach even more people messages of hope in life from God's word with your year-end today to help meet our challenge help do exactly that. Please visit Tony to give today that's Tony, you know, this world can seem pretty dark, even at Christmas time. But the Bible tells us, Jesus is the light of the world.

Be sure to join Dr. Evans for the Christmas Eve edition of the broadcast tomorrow as he explores how Christ brings illumination to our lives and to our world right now though he's back with a final illustration for today.test one of the test are looking at is your cholesterol level because bad cholesterol produces plaque when plaque builds up in the arteries blocks the flow of blood.

When you block the flow of blood enough.

You have a heart attack because the blood can't get through and bring the oxygen and bring the nutrients and so the lack of blood flow due to the plaque buildup by the cholesterol will lead to death. You and I have a plaque buildup in our souls.

The Bible calls us in the Bible and the wages of sin is death.

Please, but you got this blue that they put them in when they put that bloated mix that opens up so that the blood can flow again, there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel and sinners plunge beneath the flood was all that guilty stating Jesus Christ at the blow. He wants to open up your salt so that you can live really try today and have his life history you interviewer me make a big deal about Jesus this Christmas because that blood still have healing that blood still have saving power. That blood still have delivering that blood still has victory that belied still has freedom that God cannot overcome the worst thing you are facing today will you you make a big deal about Jesus God gets excited about the big deal you like about you a lot to be excited about the moment Jesus did know NJ says when the sun does that make a big deal about so I can get all The reason the alternative, Tony celebrating 40 years of generous contributions of listeners like

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