As now we celebrate his Birth,
The coming of Christ to Earth,
May we, amid our Joyous Mirth,
KEEP CHRIST FIRST IN CHRISTMAS.
As chiming bells ring out their lay,
And hearts are merry in light array,
Remember it is His Birthday,
KEEP CHRIST FIRST IN CHRISTMAS.
Let’s sing him in carols sweet,
Let’s lay our best gifts at His feet,
And make the season’s joy complete,
KEEP CHRIST FIRST IN CHRISTMAS.
Matthew 2:11 (ESV)
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
NOTICE:5 GIFTS offered to Jesus that will bring ETERNAL BENEFITS:
FIRST GIFT: HEART - Lk. 2:19
Luke 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Pondered SHE GAVE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD LIFE.
Note:Ironically, it would be HIS BLOOD that would be needed to giver her ETERNAL LIFE.
Pondered THE MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION.
Pondered THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING A PERFECT CHILD.
Pondered THE SUPERNATURAL INTERVENTION DISPLAYED.
Pondered THE DEATH TO TAKE PLACE.
Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
The gift of our HEART requires a gift of our WILL.
The gift of our HEART requires a gift of our LOVE.
The gift of our HEART requires a gift of our CONFESSION.
Romans 10:9a That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Rom. 10:9b-10 and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
SECOND GIFT: SURRENDER – Mt. 1:19-21
Matthew 1:19-21 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The gift of SURRENDER requires a RESISTANCE OF SATAN
The gift of SURRENDER requires a ABSTINANCE OF SIN
The gift of SURRENDER requires a DENIAL OF SELF
The gift of SURRENDER requires a RELEASE OF STRONGHOLDS
The gift of SURRENDER requires a CHANGE OF WAYS
2 Cor. 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
THIRD GIFT: WORSHIP – Mt. 2:11-12
Matthew 2:11-12 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
NO GREATER PICTURE THAN THAT OF THE WISE MEN BEGING GREAT IN STATURE, POPULARITY, AND POSITION FALLING ON THEIR FACE BEFORE GOD
The gift of WORSHIP requires an ATTITUDE OF PRAISE
The gift of WORSHIP requires an PRIORITY OF TIME
The gift of WORSHIP requires an ALLOWANCE OF CHANGE
The gift of WORSHIP requires an ADMIRATION FOR GOD
The gift of WORSHIP requires an EXALTATION OF THE KING
FOURTH GIFT: SERVICE – Lk. 2:8-12, 15
Luke 2:8-12, 15 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. [  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
The gift of SERVICE requires a COMMITMENT
The gift of SERVICE requires a CARE
The gift of SERVICE requires a DESIRE
The gift of SERVICE requires a COMPASSION
FIFTH GIFT: TREASURE – Lk. 2:17
Luke 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
The gift of TREASURE requires AN IMPARTATION OF VALUE
The gift of TREASURE requires A BURDEN FOR THE NEEDY
The gift of TREASURE requires AN OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMAND –
The gift of TREASURE requires A SACRIFICE TO THE SUPPLIER
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In a rude stable cold,
The friendly beasts their stories told.
“I”, said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
Carried his mother up hill and down,
Carried hersafely to Bethlehem town.
“I”, said the cow all white and red,
Gave him my manger for His bed,
Gave him hay to pillow his head.
“I”, said the sheep, with the curly horn,
Gave him wool for his blanket warm;
H wore my coat on Christmas morn.
“I”, said the camel, all yellow and black,
Over the desert, upon my back,
Brought him a gift in the wise man’s pack.
“I”, said the dove, “from the rafter high,
Cooed him to sleep, that he should not cry,
We cooed him sleep, my mate and I,”
“I”, said every beast, by some good spell
In the stable darkness, was able to tell
Of the gift he gave to Emmanuel.
THE ANIMALS KNEW TO GIVE THEIR BEST TO GOD, DO WE?
This Sunday, we CELEBRATE JESUS IN WORSHIP AT CALVARY with dynamic musical worship & the message, “THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS”. Join us this Sunday at Calvary as we GIVE THE CHALLENGE TO KEEP CHRIST FIRST.
Also, don’t forget the celebration continues Sunday Night with the “Abby Howard Band” Christmas Concert at 5:30 pm.
REMEMBER, GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE AT CALVARY!!!!!