Welcome back to week two of our Christmas series, “Socks & Underwear.” Jamie began his sermon with a story of a king wanting to be married, but in the right and honest way. In the Bible, the book of John tells about a king. Read John 1:1-3 and Luke 2:6-7. Jamie said, “The King became as ragged as the ones He loved. It was the only way. And this is the gift we celebrate at Christmas. God became flesh. God gives us this great gift. Because of His great love for us, He comes to earth, because He couldn’t live, did not want to live, without our love.” Though God gave us this gift, do you think this great gift of Christmas is often warmly received, or not? Explain why.
A gift can either be accepted or rejected. God gives us a choice. Free will, but we are not free from the consequences. Read John 1:10-11. Have you ever wondered WHY we read in Isaiah 53:3 people reject the most perfect gift? Have you ever rejected Jesus? Why or why not? What would be different if people DID accept Jesus?
Some people reject Jesus because of His message. Jamie said, “In the Bible, most people were okay with the “Christmas Jesus”. And people loved the “miracle Jesus”. But when Jesus became the “preaching Jesus”, a lot of people went home.” Read Jesus’ reply in John 6:66-67. “People still reject Jesus today because they don’t like His message. They don’t like it when He says, “Love and pray for your enemies.” They don’t like Jesus’ saying, “You cannot serve both God and money.” What do you not like Jesus saying? Be honest. What do you struggle with in Jesus’ teaching? Discuss.
Some people reject Jesus because believing in Him means rejecting someone else. Read John 12:42-43. They reject Jesus out of fear of being rejected by someone else. They care more what people think than what God thinks. Have you seen this in your own life? Discuss ways to overcome your mental battles.
Read James 1:22, 1 Peter 2:12, and Matthew 7:21. Christians aren’t perfect, not even close. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. God says, “Whatever happens in the future, I will be with you, My love will be with you, so don’t be afraid.” Close in prayer, asking to be aware and intentional of serving one another & how much Christ has done for us.