Short Sermon For Christmas

The Christmas season is a time of joy, and for many people also a time of introspection. The coming of the Christ child represents the day that God came down from Heaven and entered into human history in order to be our Savior. This message is dated to have occurred around 2,000 years ago, but its meaning and significance are timeless.

Many churches are in that “loft” analogy when it comes to the Christmas season. The Christmas season—and other major holidays for that matter—are an opportunity for church members to bond over a meal, give gifts to one another, and celebrate the good things in life.

The Christmas season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. People come together to sing Christmas Carols, exchange Christmas gifts, attend Christmas parties and host Christmas lunches and dinners. The season provides numerous opportunities to gather with family and friends. It also allows time for worship services, Bible studies and remembrance of God’s love for us. Being a Christian means you have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

When Christmas rolls around we tend to share more about the gifts that we’re giving than the gifts we are receiving. If you’re like most woman you want to look good and still make sure you have a gift for everyone in your family. Here are some great gift ideas for the women in your life!

Short Sermon For Christmas

For most people, Christian or not, Christmas carols are one of the best (and most memorable) things about the season. And the church has so many traditional songs with rich, biblical history. Since you’re singing these songs anyway, you could preach through these well-known songs throughout December to provide your community with a deeper understanding of the stories they tell.

These songs are universally known. Since shopping malls pipe them throughout their facilities and some radio stations reorganize their entire playlists around them, people constantly hear Christmas carols wherever they go. Why not build your next Christmas sermon series around these carols? You can talk about what the carols get right—and what they get wrong—concerning the Christmas story and encourage people to engage with these songs in a whole new way.

Short Sermon For Christmas

1. Genesis 3:15

Often considered the first Messianic prophecy recorded in Scripture, this verse finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus—the offspring of a woman, who eventually crushes Satan. Genesis 3:15 predicts the seed who would come to uproot the thorns and break the curse of sin.

2. Genesis 49:8–12

Toward the end of Genesis, Jacob speaks a word of prophecy over each of his sons. He promises Judah, from whom Jesus would ultimately descend, that the scepter will not depart from him. Jacob calls Judah “a lion’s cub,” and Scripture goes on to call Jesus the Lion from the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). This unique passage offers an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ supreme authority, which he holds even when he is just a cub.

3. Exodus 1:1–2:10

There are striking parallels between Moses’ infancy and Jesus’. Both are born in humble circumstances. Both escape murderous plots of evil rulers. Both grow up to lead their people out of captivity. This passage can help your congregation appreciate the way the Bible holds together, as well as see God’s sovereign hand in preserving a mediator for his people.

4. Exodus 16

This is the narrative of God providing manna and quail for Israel as they wander in the desert. God sends bread from heaven, and in John 6 Jesus explicitly refers to this story and calls himself the “bread of life.” God sent eternal bread to hungry wanderers in the form of his Son, making this Exodus event a rich foreshadowing. You can capture the imagination of a congregation—and follow the homiletical example of Christ himself—by drawing parallels between the physical hunger of Israel in the desert and the spiritual hunger of all those without Christ.

5. Exodus 33:12–23

In one of the most beautiful scenes of Exodus, Moses pleads boldly and personally to the Lord for his presence. The Lord honors Moses by agreeing to reveal his goodness and glory—but not his face. In the incarnation, however, God is fully revealed, and his presence is offered to all who receive him. This intimate moment Moses experiences with God is made available to all through Christ—but we will see him “face to face” (1 John 3:2; 1 Cor. 13:12).

6. 2 Samuel 7

In this famous covenant God makes with David, God promises that his offspring’s throne will be established forever. Eventually, the kingdom divides and falls, and by the time Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey—several hundred years and two exiles later—the throne is still not established. So when the crowds shout “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, they are heralding this covenant: they are hoping for a king. Joy is bursting from under sorrow long-held because Hope has come. The incarnation offers the same “thrill of hope” today.

7. Psalm 27

At the end of this psalm, David writes, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Christians today can repeat these words only because Christ has come and has promised to come again. Like Anna and Simeon, who in their old age finally beheld the hope they waited so long for (Luke 2:22–38), those who hope in Christ will not be disappointed.

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