Series: “THE CHRISTMAS THERAPIST” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018: “THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS”
Pastor Stokes asked that we share Tracey Dowdy’s wonderful eTeam Connection as the Expectakeaway this week.
This past week, as both our nation and world leaders paid our final respects to President H.W. Bush, I was
moved by President George W. Bush’s eulogy of his father.
In part, he said, “To his very last days, dad’s life was instructive. As he aged, he taught us how to grow
with dignity, humor, and kindness, and when the good Lord finally called, how to meet him with courage
and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead.”
Though he was referring to his father’s home in Heaven, the phrase “the joy of the promise of what lies
ahead” resonated with me in these weeks before Christmas.
We talk a lot about “joy” this time of year. It’s the theme of our Christmas carols, and it’s on our cards,
stockings, wreaths, and ornaments. I have two friends named Joy, one born a few days before and the
other on Christmas Day.
In Luke 2:10, the angel tells the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that
will be for all the people.” In the original Greek, the word used here is “megalēn,” – as in mega-church,
mega-millions, megaphone, or megabyte. It denotes something well outside the norm, something
monumental or magnificent. In the metric system, the prefix “mega” denotes one million.
So when the angel proclaims the good news of Christ’s birth, bringing joy for all people, this isn’t merely
good news such as comes with any new life, this birth brings MEGA JOY – a million times greater than
anything the world has experienced before.
See, when Jesus is born, after 400 years of silence, God fulfills His promise to save His people from their
sins, wrapping His love in the form of a baby, giving us a gift of infinite worth – His son, Emmanuel –
“God with us.”
And what is that promise? It’s the good news told to the shepherds, the lowliest and most unworthy. It’s
the same good news that brings hope to our desperately hurting world.
Our joy at Christmas is that Messiah has come, bringing us the joy of the promise of what lies ahead.
(Tracey Dowdy 12/9/18)
NOTES FROM PASTOR STOKES MESSAGE: “THE CHRISTMAS THERAPIST”
See: I Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.”
Isaiah 53:4 (NIV)
Our WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Knows Us Intimately.
See: Matthew 10:30 (NIV)
See: John 2:24-25 (The Message)
He knows our THOUGHTS
He knows our TENDENCIES
He knows our TROUBLES
Our WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Understands Us Completely.
See: Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)
Our WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Loves Us Unconditionally.
See: Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
Our WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Saves Us Entirely.
See: Hebrews 7:25 (New King James Version)