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Come to my home this time of year, and I’ll tell you a most extraordinary tale…

The Story of Christmas.

(Our Christmas tree ornaments act in starring roles.)

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Mary & Joseph – The couple chosen to parent the Christ.

Jesus – God in human form… given the name Immanuel.

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Lights & Candles – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; 

they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,

upon them has the light shined.  –  Isaiah 9:2

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Angels – Heavenly messengers hovered above the hills,

announcing the good news of Salvation come…

to shepherds of lowest class, most humble distinction:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill to all men.  –  Luke 2:14

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Bells – Carol of the Bells. Jingle Bells. Church Bells.

Ringing Bells. To let the whole world know.

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Lamb – Innocent, spotless, final redemptive Sacrifice.

The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  –  John 1:29

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Heart – Is there room within my heart for the Savior, who presents life eternal and complete pardon,

to hearts, tender and willing to receive all He offers?

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Snowflake – No two just alike—miracle in miniature.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  –  Isaiah 1:18.

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Pine – Ever green… color, shelter, protection in the harshest season.

Pointing men to God.

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Gold – The most costly and precious metal.

Jesus’ royal heritage. Heaven’s pavement.

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Stockings – Hung empty, awaiting filling, expecting good things, sweet gifts.

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 Music – Singing of Christmas, singing Noel.

Melodies, harmonies, rhythms… Instruments and voices, whispering, caroling, shouting, affirming…

Heaven touched Earth. Hope bundled in the only Baby born of God.

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Home – Family. Heritage. Security. Belonging. God’s plan from the Beginning.

Husband and wife, a mom and a dad… no improvement on this endowment,

the foundation of society.

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Church – God’s family. God’s purposes carried out through those called by His name.

The Bride anticipating her Groom’s return.

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Candy Cane Stripes –

Red and white. Blood shed. My sin exchanged for His purity.

…wounded for our transgressions… the chastisement of our peace was upon Him,

and by His stripes we are healed.  –  Isaiah 53:5

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Fruit – Fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s attributes emanating from lives belonging to Him.

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Star – Leading the way to the Child born to die,

born to be King, born to show us the Way to God.

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Rose – A bloom most perfect, representing the love

of the Bridegroom for His Bride.

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Gifts – God’s Gift to a world in need… Love born… Salvation’s arrival…

Kneel… Believe… Receive… Rejoice!

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Children – Christmas brings out the child in us.

Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God…

whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child

will by no means enter it.  –  Mark 10:14-15

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Joy – No greater Love. No greater Joy.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;

at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  –  Psalm 16:11

(Photos courtesy of the Preacher) 

 

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