No Talent Night
* What's tomorrow, and what have we been celebrating today? - JESUS Birthday! * But, isn't something wrong? Are you all sure were doing this right? As Mark Woolgar was pointing out today, we don't get given gifts at other people's birthdays. - Well, how old is Jesus.....a couple of grand? - So, if Jesus was George Burns, how would we celebrate? + We'd roast Him!! + We'd tell lots of half true funny stories!! - If we all lived in a sitcom then we'd do: "Jesus!! THIS is YOUR...LIFE" . . . . + Little Sarah Finkleman from the 4th grade would come trotting out. * Let's all close our eyes and go back to that fateful night with the Shepherds - God was the same one the old men talked about - but there hadn't been a prophet for 500 years. How do you think they might have been - dressed in shabby clothes - drinking a little home brewed beer while sitting around the fire after chow. * It would be a quiet night - There weren't any ghetto blasters yet! * The crickets would be chirping, and the sheep baa-aa-aaing. And suddenly, like a hologram from Star Wars, there would appear this angel. - Can't you see the "John Wayne" type shepherd. The Angelic Messenger would appear, and John would be there to greet him: "Howdy Pilgrim." * And suddenly, into that quiet peaceful night would come the company of angels singing praises to God. - Some shepherds would ball face down. Some would be fearful. Some joyful. - Can you see the black sheep? "It's cool, man. It's cool." * So, from the lowly birth Jesus went on to grow up. - I bet Jesus had a strict up-bringing. My mother always tells me how much harder things were in the olden days, when she grew up. + I bet that until His homework was done He wasn't allowed to watch TV. + And He probably had to be in off the street by the time the street-lights came on. * As the years went by Jesus worked with His father Joseph as a carpenter. I wonder what he made? - One American writer (whose name I've forgotten) has wondered if He and Joseph ever made crosses for the Romans. - There are also some New Testament Apocryphal writings where the authors tell about Jesus making boards longer and such. - I bet He didn't make any coffins. With the power that was in Him the dead would probably have come to life. I can imagine an unhappy rich former-widow, or two. * I can remember, as a child, asking to sing happy birthday to Jesus. However, as an adult I get embarrassed when someone sings happy birthday to me -- and I get really uncomfortable when someone sings happy birthday to Jesus. I get embarrassed for Him. But I don't believe He's embarrassed at all. After all, it is His birthday. * So let's all sing happy birthday to Jesus; and have one of the kids blow out the candles on His cake.