The Top 3 Christmas Sermon Ideas
The birth of Christ, arguably the most important event in all of Christendom, is a story that nearly all of us are aware of – even if we aren’t Christian. So, when Christmas comes around, the retelling of the story of the Nativity, although important, isn’t always one that catches the attention of the congregation. Thankfully, the Lord filled the bible with a wealth of ideas that can be used around the holiday season.
1. The Trials of the Three Wise Men
The wisemen, although spoken of very briefly in the bible, are some of the most dedicated followers of Christ. From what we’ve been able to glean over the years, the Three Wise Men were heathens who were guided westward by the Star of Bethlehem. Although we know little, we can learn a lot from their implied journeys.
Travelling in the first century wasn’t easy, and the risk of making long journeys could often mean certain death. Travel was expensive and difficult with risk of bandits, wild animals, inclement weather and other dangers inherent with long-distance. Although we understand very little about the wise men, we can infer that they underwent a great deal to worship the new king.
So, there they were. The wise men, heathens, never having met Christ, following only a star in the sky, taking upon themselves what could only have been great trial and tribulation to meet and worship at the feet of the Son of God.
This is an excellent example of the dedication and faith we can strive to attain from a set of very unlikely characters in the bible.
2. Holy Night; Not So Silent Night
We typically think of Christ’s birth as a moment of serenity. A moment that we breathe a sigh of relief and think ‘ah, everything is put right in this moment. Everything is at peace’. In reality, Christ’s birth was nearly the exact opposite of that, and it didn’t get much easier soon after. The bible doesn’t profess that what followed was a time of peace – nor it was even a time of peace before Jesus was born. His conception, his birth and indeed, his entire life were faced with challenges to be overcome and tests of faith for all involved.
Mary and Joseph did not have a quiet birth surrounded by loved ones (although I’m not sure anyone has a quiet birth). They had a chaotic birth surrounded by barn animals, and Jesus’ first bed was a feeding trough. The three wise men travelled from far away, which was no simple task back then, to find the baby Jesus. King Harod went into a murderous rage and ordered some of the most tragic killing in the bible in an attempt to get rid of baby Jesus. Thus, the family lived as refugees in a foreign land until Harod died. The story of the Nativity is one of hardship, but despite all of that hardship, Christ was born and grew up to fulfill his role as the Son of God.
Jesus’ birth was the birth of the new man. He came not to bring us the alleviation of suffering, but to bring us the power to endure suffering. Though born in circumstances of strife and hardship, the goal was the greater good. Not the greater good of a single man, not the greater good of a nation or even a continent – but the greater good of mankind. That is what we fight for.
3. The Gifts of Christ
In modern times, Christmas is sometimes as much a celebration of wealth as it is a celebration of the new era for mankind. It’s easy to get caught up in the physical aspects of the holiday. Stringing up ornate displays on our snow-covered properties and buying expensive gifts for our loved ones are simple ways to put smiles on their faces. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It is good to celebrate the holiday with the physical accoutrements of Christmas – so long as we also celebrate the internal ones, too.
In Jesus’ lifetime, he brought us the most important gifts of our lifetime: salvation, faith, grace, peace, joy, God’s word, the Holy Spirit and eternal life. Christmas marks the beginning of his life of giving, and also marks a yearly reminder to give so freely what has been given to us. No matter how much or how little you have, what your station in life, your circumstance or your level of capability, all of these gifts can be simply given. And if you have even half of these gifts in abundance, your house is overflowing with riches – it’s time to impart your riches to others. They can bring about one of the most important aspects of Christmas, spreading the Good News.
These are just a few of the ideas that can be taken from the bible during this holiday season. Good luck with your next sermon, and a Merry Christmas to you.