SO WHAT If Jesus Was Born? (Part 2)

“SO WHAT if Jesus was Born?” (Part 1): https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/11/15/so-what-if-jesus-was-born/

Its so easy to think, “Jesus was born. I believe that.” as a Christian, but not know what to do with it. Christmas is not only a great time of celebration for Christians, but also for the whole world. It seems like the entire world is buying and swapping presents while pretty much ignorant of the real reason as to why we observe the unique holiday. We can be very quick to point our fingers at the world and blame them for their ignorance, but I believe that we Christians are more guilty. While we may not be ignorant of the reason, we are ignorant of the application of Christmas. Celebrating Christmas can bring glory to Jesus (and there are ways that take glory from Jesus), but there are some solid ways spelled out in Scripture about how Christmas should change our lives, worship, and gospel obedience.

Let’s look at the Wise Men. Read Matthew 2:1-2, “1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And 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.”

Now listen, this blog article is not to wow you with the history of these magi. Instead, it’s meant to challenge all of us (including myself) on how to respond to the birth of Jesus like the magi. For those of you like myself, I need a good reminder on how to apply, respond, and worship during the Christmas holiday. My Savior stepped out of heaven and became a human for me! So, I want to respond in worship to Him. So how do we? Watch what the Wise Men do! Because Jesus was born, they didn’t have a “So what” attitude, but they…PURSUED Him! In fact, they went to great lengths to do so. They left their comfortable lives, they went to where He was, they asked other people about Him, and they went to worship Him. Then they allowed God’s creation to point them to Him, they rejoiced with exciting joy, they experienced Him personally for themselves, they reverently worshiped Him, and they gave Him expensive gifts.

So what are some ways we can apply, respond, worship, and experience real-life change for Jesus this Christmas?
1. Leave your comforts. Leaving your own personal comfort may mean leaving your office, recliner, couch, kitchen, bed, home, or even country. The point is, leave your comforts to worship Jesus by serving others, fellowshiping with others, or telling others about Him. Continue reading

My Top 5 Christmas Sermons and Studies

virgintitleYouth pastors, looking for a great Christmas sermon or series of sermons for this busy holiday season? Feel free to look through these and rip us off. We just want to be a blessing and give what God has given to us! So here you go. Consider it an early Christmas gift from CBSM!

Following Jesus: In His Birth (Matt 1-2, Luke 1-2)
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2011/12/09/following-jesus-in-his-birth/

The Virgin Birth: Was Mary Naughty or Nice? (Matthew 1:18-25)
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2010/12/09/cbsm-christmas-sermon-the-virgin-birth-was-mary-naughty-or-nice-matthew-118-25/

Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up? (Isaiah 9 and Revelation 19)
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2008/12/19/christmas-message-will-the-real-jesus-please-stand-up-isaiah-9-and-revelation-19/

So what if Jesus was born?
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2011/12/24/so-what-if-jesus-was-born/

WORD: How bout some Hypostatic Union? (Ezra 7-10)
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2009/12/18/storyline-68-ezra-7-10-“word-how-bout-some-hypostatic-union”/

How To Have Your Best Christmas Yet (2 Thessalonians 1:3-8)
https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/12/20/bringing-the-church-back-2-life-2-thessalonians-christmas-sermon/

SO WHAT if Jesus was Born?

You can also check out CBSM’s Top 5 Christmas Sermons/Studies at https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/11/17/cbsms-top-5-christmas-sermons-and-studies/

I think its so easy for Christians to think, “Jesus was born? I got that. Jesus as God became man. I accept that. Jesus was born of a virgin? Sure, no problem. Jesus took on humanity. I believe that, too!” So what?! What difference does it make? How can I live that out with my life? I want these next few blog posts to explore how 5 different biblical characters responded in their lives to Jesus being born.

Let’s first take a look at Joseph. Matthew 1:18-25, “18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”

Wouldn’t you love to know what Joseph was thinking? Remember, these teenagers (Joesph and Mary) didn’t have the Christmas story to read. It was all new for them. Here’s a little of how I like the think the conversation may have went. Mary: Joseph, we’re going to have a baby! Joseph: Who in the world is we?! We have never done anything close to conceive a baby! Mary, just be honest with me. What happened? Mary: Well, an angel visited me last night, and… Joseph: Wait! An angel? Just because you think he’s all “angelic” doesn’t make it okay! Mary: Joseph, God made me pregnant. Joesph: Mary, that’s just too far. You can’t just say “God made me do it.” Continue reading

Following Jesus: In His Birth (CBSM’s Christmas Sermon)


Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (mp3).mp3
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (handout).pdf
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (ppt).ppt
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (outline).doc
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (service order).doc
1 – Following Jesus – Birth (small groups).doc
You may think you’ve heard it all before. We talk about the birth of Jesus every year as Christians. One of the hardest parts of a pastors job is to find a new perspective on the birth of Jesus year after year, while telling the story like its the first time. I believe God gave me this specific message for our CBSM Christmas worship service. We looked at 5 different perspectives of how to respond to Jesus’ birth in life-changing faith. Through the lenses of Joseph, the Wisemen, Mary, the Shepherds, and SImeon, we saw how each one of them responded to Jesus’ birth in great faith. Check out how the truthfulness of Jesus’ birth makes a huge difference in your life!