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The Cost of Christmas

John 3:16, Andrew Love, December 16, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • The Cost of Christmas
    • Statistics
    • The financial cost, but also stress
    • Christmas can be lonely, especially for the homeless
  • The cost of the first Christmas

The Cost to Joseph and Mary

  • Joseph found his betrothed was pregnant
    • The stigma attached to Joseph and Mary
    • Many said Jesus was illegitimate
  • A long and arduous walk for a heavily pregnant lady
  • No room in Bethlehem so they had to stay in a stable
  • They fled as refugees to Egypt as Herod the Great sought to kill the Christ child
  • Yet they would be the first to say it was all worth it!
    • Jesus would save His people from their sin
    • The Saviour of the world had come
  • A personal cost to Mary
    • Jesus was born to die (on the cross)

The Cost to God

  • John 3:16, Roman 8:32
    • God the Father did not spare His own Son
  • Though Jesus was equal to God, He humbled Himself to come in the form of a bondservant
    • He was born in the squalor of a stable
  • God gives His spotless beloved Son to die in our place on the cross to bring forgiveness of sins
    • This was the favour of God to men - His good will

The Cost to You?

  • What is your response to this message?
    • For the Wise Men it was not too much of a cost to follow the star and come to offer gifts to Christ
      • They sought Christ diligently - they found Him
  • Are you seeking God and Jesus Christ?
    • If you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him
  • There is a cost to following Jesus Christ
    • To be a born again Christian is to go against the flow
    • A cost of misunderstanding and division
    • A cost at work
    • A cost when you stand for righteousness
  • It is worth it though
    • Have you seen the salvation of God found in Jesus Christ?
    • Jesus is the pearl of great price
  • The best present of all is the Lord Jesus

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

John 3:16

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

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