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free, and it would bring great joy, to have "you" in our congregation to glorify God thru Jesus the Christ. As I end this sermon, Today, Please
consider your salvation, to receive and accept Jesus into your heart, Just pray,from your heart, these words, Jesus I know I'm a sinner, I ask you
to forgive me of my sins, and I accept You into my Heart, to be my Savior, To confess with my mouth, with my words, that You, are the Lord of
my life, I believe on you Jesus, As the Christ, As the Messiah, As the One God raised from the dead on the third day, "As it is
Written"*(Romans 10:9) I believe now, I'm am, and always will be , Saved, by Your Sacrifice on the Cross, in Your Holy Name, Jesus Christ,
Thank You for my Salvation, and Eternal Life with You, "Amen" If you just Prayed this Prayer , and believe it with all your heart, You are now
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|Holy Father, we receive this message of Your Grace and Love, in our hearts, This Christmas season , I ask for
Your blessings and favor, to all who reads these words. Bless their families and their loved ones, And that
they will tell their loved ones of you Lord, We pray they will receive you, in their hearts, Jesus, as Lord, We
ask you Father God , for your blessings On our saints and clergy, the sick, and the hungry, around the Globe,
We give you Thanks today, in faith and praise, in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, our Resurrected Lord ,
(Everyone say) "Amen"
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Sermon; February 18 , 2018
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|" Waiting For Christmas "
Kids have a hard time waiting for Christmas ,, The presents , anticipating getting their favorite toy , the cookies ,
a wonderful Christmas dinner ,, family members and friends coming over to enjoy the festivities , and traditions that
comes with that special day . What Are You Waiting For?
Let me ask you some questions. What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you
expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?
In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas
drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They don’t appear in any nativity scenes or
in many Christmas cards, but they are significant players in the first Christmas pageant. Both of these individuals
were waiting for something -- actually, they were waiting for someone.
Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation that identifies them as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah,
or Savior. It literally means that they were “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.” We see this word in
Luke 2:25 in reference to Simeon where we read that “He was waiting...” and in 2:38 to describe a woman named
Anna who was, “...looking forward to...” Simeon -- Waiting For Comfort
We’re introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and
devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon Him.” Simeon was righteous before
people, and he was devout in His relationship with God.
Things weren’t going real well for the nation of Israel. They hadn’t heard from God for many years and were under
Roman rule. They had lost their political independence and were living in fear of the capable, crafty, and cruel King
Herod, and many were wondering if the Messiah would ever come. I’m struck by what Simeon told Mary in verse 34.
It must have taken her breath away. “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a
sign that will spoken against…” Simeon’s expectation focused on the comfort that Christ would bring. Among Jews of
Simeon’s day one of the popular titles of Messiah was Comforter. Like some of the Christmas songs we sing, they were
longing for the Messiah to come and bring His comfort to them.
It strikes me that the desire to be comforted is a universal human need. We all struggle with loneliness, emptiness,
insecurity, even desperation. In fact, the Christmas season is one of the major crisis times of the year for depression
That’s not really a joyful Christmas greeting, is it? Simeon is not saying, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Rather, he pauses, clears his throat and tells her that Christmas will never be merry and the New Year will never be
happy until people get moving and surrender their lives to Christ.
Here’s the truth. Christmas splits people into 2 camps. Since Jesus has entered the world, He has divided the human
race. Jesus will cause the falling and rising of many. Because of who Jesus is and what He came to do, He forces
people to make a decision about Him. The Bible uses powerful imagery Jesus is either a rock that you build your life
upon (that’s the sense of rising) or he’s the rock that you stumble over (that’s the meaning of falling). On the cusp of
the last Christmas of the millennium, Jesus is calling each of us to a moral decision based upon our willingness to
move and respond, we will either rise or fall.
You can’t stay neutral about Jesus. You are either for Him or against Him. You’re moving closer to Him, or further
away. You either have the Son or you don’t. Friend, when God prompts you to do something, then you need to do it. It
might mean salvation for some of you. It might mean full surrender for others of you. Or, maybe the Spirit wants you to
be more involved in serving people. Do you sense Him asking you to do something today? Are you a mover? Are you
willing to move? Don’t procrastinate when God prompts you to do something -- you may miss out on a miracle this
Will you take Him this Christmas?
You’re invited to a birthday party . It’s the birthday of Jesus. It’s His party but He wants to give you a present. He
wants to give you the gift of Himself. Will you take Him? God loves you , Don't wait till Christmas ,, today is the day ..
Let us Pray ..