If you are preaching Christmas messages next month, consider opting for a different passage than the traditional Matt 1-2 and Luke 1-2. There’s certainly nothing wrong with those passages, but congregations may benefit from thinking about the coming of Christ from passages not normally associated with Christmas. More passages tell of Jesus’ coming than just the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke.
At FBC Santo, my Christmas messages have looked like this
- In 2006, John 1:14
- In 2007, Luke 1:26-38
- In 2008, John 7:40-52
- In 2009, John 3:16-21
Lord-willing, in the coming years I will preach the coming of Christ from texts like (in no particular order) Genesis 3:15, 2 Samuel 7:12, Isaiah 9, Micah 5:2, John 6:33, John 8:12, John 17:18, John 18:37, Romans 1:3-4, Romans 8:3-4, Romans 16:25-27, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:6-8, Colossians 1:19-20, Colossians 2:9-10, Hebrews 1:1-3, Hebrews 2:9, Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 1:1-4, and Revelation 12.
There are so many more to choose from, especially from the Old Testament. Perhaps the Lord will lead your Christmas preaching to an unexpected text in order to proclaim our expected Messiah.