Missing the Messiah!
I. He Was OSTRACIZED by the Secular World
(Luke 2:7) To avoid offending anybody, the school dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather. At my son's school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and--this is a real song--"Suzy Snowflake," all of which is pretty funny because we live in Miami. A visitor from another planet would assume that the children belonged to the Church of Meteorology. (Dave Barry in his "Notes on Western Civilization", Chicago Tribune)
Luke 2:7 NASB
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
II. He Was OPPOSED by the Political World
(Matthew 2:7-8; 16-18) I had rather be Herod’s pig than his son. (Caesar) “He stole the throne like a fox, ruled like a tiger, and died like a dog.”
Matthew 2:7-8 NASB
Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him."
Matthew 2:16-18 NASB
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she refused to be comforted, Because they were no more."
III. He Was OVERLOOKED by the Religious World
(Luke 2:25-32; 36-38) If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior (A. Rogers)
Luke 2:25-32 NASB
And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel."
Luke 2:36-38 NASB
And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
John 1:12 NASB
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
How Do We Miss Christ This Christmas?
1. The Secular world crowded Him out! 2. The Political world forced Him out! 3. The Religious world yawned Him out!
Let us pray for an important need in your life or simply rejoice at the good things God is doing!