Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr.
Delivered On
December 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Central Passage
Luke 2:15
Reflections on The Nativity
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Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday December 29, 2013
Reflections on the Nativity
“ And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go now even unto Bethlehem and see this things...” Luke 2:15.
Today is the last of our 5th Sunday Sing-along Worship
services for 2013. This service differs from the regular
ones in that there is no choir, instead the emphasis is on
congregational singing and, secondly, the pastor - or guest -
teaches from the floor instead of from the pulpit. Against
that explanation, attention will now be focused on the
topic for study which is - Reflections on the Nativity.
The Nativity episode occurred over 2000 years ago;
it was both an ending and a beginning. For the former,
it fulfilled the prophecies and announcement of Jesus’
Birth and it, next, opened the floodgate to numerous and
varied reactions to Jesus. Since these discussions are
yet ongoing, it was deemed appropriate to examine some of
the responses as the focus for this 5th Sunday Sing-along-
Worship. Accordingly, the study has been entitled,
“Reflections on the Nativity” with the personalized
question being “What is your view on Jesus?”.
It is generally known that people are gregarious,
susceptible to the group mind opinions, and often
unwilling to openly state their views especially on
controversial topics. Accordingly, an array of actions
can stem from a single event. Such was the case involving
the Nativity. Let us therefore examine a few of them.
1. The shepherds - glorified - Lk. 2:15 “let us go...”.
2. The wise men - worshiped - Mt.2:11 “presents gifts
3. Herod the King - fretted - Mt.2:16 “kill all babies
4. Simeon - rejoiced - Lk.2:30 “have seen...
5. Anna - publicized - Lk.2:38 “spake of him
6. Jews - Rejected - Jo. 1:11 “came to..
7. You ? Is it scriptural?
In closing, beloved the somber question is where do you
stand on the Nativity and its aftermath in your life? This is
an inquiry that should be addressed because it has serious
implications at the end of life. Amen!
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