One of my favorite Christmas sermons was a sermon that was not even centered on the baby in the manger. The focus of the sermon was the genealogy of Jesus.
Jesus’ Family Tree
Now I know that must sound boring. Oh, but that is far from the truth. In the genealogy of Jesus, you have Ruth, a foreigner married into a Jewish family who becomes a widow and follows her mother-in-law back to her homeland. Tamar who slept with her father-in-law and bore twins. Then my favorite, Rahab, a prostitute who saved the lives of Joshua and the other spies. Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife with whom King David had an affair. And Mary, a poor girl, the mother of Jesus.
Crooked Halos = Calmness
Out of the crooked halos of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, God brought calmness — a newborn baby who would grow up and save the world. If He can take broken halos and save the world, He can bring calmness into your life, too.
My Own Experiences
There are times in my own life where calmness eludes me. I may be rapid cycling and have no place to stand firm. Jesus will come in and be my Rock. He may calm the situation I am in or He may decide to calm me. He may even decide to just walk beside me through the tough stuff being a calming Spirit.
I am sure you have plenty of examples of how you were the complete opposite of calm this week, this month or even this year. Take a few moments and let the calmness of the baby in the manger take effect on you now. You can take Jesus with you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Biblical Christmas Story
Below are links to websites with Bible passages on the Biblical Christmas Story.