(Blog Post by Stan Kellner – www.stankellner.com)
Thought I’d add my two shekels of thought and insight regarding this awesome and glorious time of the year. The outline below is from a sermon I gave at a church near Colorado Springs back in January 2009. I kept this blog post simple. Feel free to use these thoughts as a devotional around your tree, a basis for your personal meditations this week or as your sermon preparation for next weekend.
If you’d like to hear the sermon in its entirety, go to my website – www.stankellner.com – click on Teaching Samples page, pop some popcorn, fix a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy!
But when the time had fully come… God sent His Son, born of a woman…
to redeem those under the law…(Galatians 4:4-5)
Israel is a key crossroads by its very location, relating to trade routes, pilgrimages, etc.
400 years of “silence” between Old and New Testaments
Greek and Roman influence oppressing Jewish faith expression and infiltrating Jewish life and beliefs
Darkness was on the increase (Is. 9:2)
Israel became a Roman outpost (Pontius Pilate, a Roman, was governor of Israel – Matthew 27)
Herod was a puppet leader for Rome
Jewish Religious leaders were easily bribed by the Roman leadership.
Most everyone else was living a poor existence.
God’s Way versus Man’s Way
Herod’s Palace versus The Manger
Royal Robes versus Swaddling Clothes
Thousands of Lambs versus One Precious Lamb
God’s timing is perfect – 1st Century
God’s way is perfect – Lowly Entrance
God’s packaging is perfect – Swaddling
God’s choice is perfect – Yeshua (Jesus)