Sometimes we get so busy in the Christmas season it’s hard to actually enjoy Christmas. That's why I want to look at the Christmas story in July. Maybe now, in the middle of summer, you may see/hear Christmas a little differently.
Last Christmas, I was studying and preparing for a sermon, when I discovered a fascinating insight in William Barclay’s commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. It did not go with my message at the time, but I set the idea aside specifically for “Christmas in July.” So this message has been over 8 months in the making and you are reading it today for a reason. I pray you will listen to what the Lord is saying specifically to you.
are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”