A Pastor and His Wife Joyfully Celebrate Christmas
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“Lord,” he prayed, “Please help me to powerfully tell the story of Jesus’ birth.”
“I’ll anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit,” the Lord replied.
Pastor Paul and his wife, Pamela, discussed exchanging gifts with each other. “What would you like for Christmas this year?” asked Pastor Paul.
“I would like to eat dinner on Christmas Eve at our favorite restaurant.”
“Then we have a date,” Pastor Paul beamed.
“What do you want for Christmas, Paul?”
“Nothing, honey. Jesus is the reason for the season. If I have Him, I have everything.”
After they finished eating their Christmas Eve dinner together, Pastor Paul handed an envelope to Pamela. The envelope contained a handwritten copy of Matthew chapter two, verses 1-11.
Here’s part of Matthew’s account: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
“The sermon will be short,” said Pastor Paul. “I’m just going to read the stories directly from Scripture with no added commentary. I figure since the Bible says it all, there’s no need for me to say anything else!”
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