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The Time Was Right

1st Sunday after Christmas

The Time Was Right

Text: Galatians 4:4-7

Intro

Take a hat and put 10 coins in it.  Mark one of the coins with a black “X.”  Now put on a blindfold and try to pick out your marked coin.  Your odds are simple.  You have a one in ten chance of picking the right coin.

Next take silver dollars.  Mark one with a black “X.”  Now cover the entire state of Texas with silver dollars stacked two high.  Put on a blindfold.  Travel anywhere you want in the state and try to pick out your marked coin.  Your odds are not so good.  In fact, they are 1 in 1017, or 10 with 17 zeroes after it.

Scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians have done studies and calculations to figure out what the odds are that Jesus would fulfill eight prophecies.  They were some of the basic prophecies, like Micah’s prophecy that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem, or David’s prophecy about Jesus being crucified.  They odds were 1 in 1017!

But there’s a problem with that calculation.  Jesus fulfilled more than eight prophecies.  The scholars than calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling 48 Old Testament prophecies.  They found the odds to be 10157, or 10 with 157 zeroes after it.  To illustrate that, you could think of the tiniest electrons that are a part of atoms.  If you counted 250 electrons every minute of every day for 19 million years straight, you would have 10157 and one inch of electrons.  Now put on a blindfold and try and pick one marked electron out of that bunch.  That’s 1 in 10157!

But there’s a problem with that calculation.  Jesus fulfilled more than 48 prophecies.  In fact, Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies!  Scientists say that once you get over 1050 that the odds are more or less impossible.  So 48 prophecies were 10157, and thus more than 300 prophecies fulfilled are odds so small that impossible isn’t even in the ballpark of the right word. Read the rest of this entry

Sermon on Galatians 4:4-7

1st Sunday after Christmas

Christmastime is About Family

Text:  Galatians 4:4-7

Intro

The stories and memories that come from Christmas are just priceless.  Mothers cherish the moment that their daughter received her first pair of earrings.  Fathers fondly recall the days they stayed up well beyond midnight putting every last sticker and decal on their son’s new toys.  All of us can remember like yesterday that one surprise gift we got when we were little that made us do a little victory dance around the living room because we were so excited.

There are other memories that are more on the funny side.  One Preschool dad told me the last week of school that they had recorded their entire Christmas experience on camcorder a few years ago, only to find that it was held upside down the entire time.  Yesterday we were opening presents with Noah and the excitement on his face was precious.  “Ooh!  Buzz Lightyear crayons!”  Then he tossed it quickly onto his pile and said, “Ooh, another one with my name on it!”  Later in the day Becky had some bacon frying in the pan and forgot she left it in the pan.  I walked out of the bedroom and wasn’t sure if the smoke detectors were going to go off or if the glory of the Lord had filled our kitchen.

But this is what we love about Christmastime.  Christmastime is About Family.  Christmastime is when we make memories with our families.  It’s a time to cherish those we love and those that we are close to.  It’s a time to be thankful for those that we call family.  That’s what makes Christmas so special.  Christmastime is About Family. Read the rest of this entry