I am beginning a new series of sermons tonight at Ridgecrest, The Last Days of B.C. This series will tell the story behind the Christmas narrative. What was the world like when Jesus was born? Who is Augustus Caesar (Luke 2:1)? What is a Messiah? When Jesus became an adult, why did he have so many disputes with the Pharisees? Where did the Pharisees come from? Surprisingly it is all in the back story of Christmas.
I offer you a teaser. Here is a quote from the gospel, “by sending in him a savior for us and those who come after us, to make war cease, to create order everywhere . . .; the birthday of god was the beginning of the world of the glad tidings that have come to men though him.” Doesn’t that sound Christmassy, sort of Handel’s Messiah-ish? Well, it is a gospel quote, but it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not from the Bible and it has nothing to do with Christmas. Where did it come from? You may be surprised to find out – but I promise you that if you know the back story of Christmas it will make the true narrative of the Biblical Gospel’s come alive for you like never before. Join us at Ridgecrest (www.rbconline.net) tonight (6:30) as we explore The Last Days of B.C.