Randall Caselman

Bella Vista Church of Christ

12/24/2017 A.M.


Sunday Morning Devotional –

Celebrating Jesus



The reason we’re here this morning is because of Jesus.

We’re here to celebrate His coming into the world to...

• Forgive us...

• Save us...

• Give us the opportunity to enjoy heaven instead of eternal separation from our creator.


To a large extent... We’ve turned the celebration of His coming into a time of...

• Green Trees...

• Bright Lights...

• And Red Nosed Reindeer.


But regardless of popular opinion and practice... Christmas is not about us...

• It’s about the One who created us...

• The One who stepped out of His Glory...

• Out of His equality with God...

To come to earth to save us.


Sad...Isn’t it that we’ve replaced His coming with cheap imitations?


So...What we want to do this morning is to simply rehearse and celebrate Jesus.


We begin with the Old Testament which is filled with Prophecies concerning his coming... “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called... Wonderful... Counselor... Mighty God... Everlasting Father... Prince of Peace.”


“He will be despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with pain and suffering. He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows... Yet we considered Him stricken by God... Smitten by Him... And afflicted.

• He was pierced for our transgressions...

• He was crushed for our iniquities...

• The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him...

• By His wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth... He was led like a lamb to the slaughter... As a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”

“He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”...


George Turnage

Luke 2.1-16

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

2 This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.



Matthew 2.1-6

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”


Jeff Grisham

Matthew 5.1-16 & 7.24-29

1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,

2 and he began to teach them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.


Harold Akridge

Acts 10.38, Matthew 8.14-17, Luke 5.12-13 & 18-20

38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.

15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:“He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,”he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.

19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”


Aaron Sloan

Mark 14.12-14 & 22-26

12 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.

14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.

24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.



“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour... For the sun stopped shining. The curtain of theTemple was torn in two from top to bottom. Then Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God saying,‘Surely this was the Son of God.’”


“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In fright… The women bowed their faces to the ground. The men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee... ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”


“Then from the Mount of Olives... Two men... Presumed to be Angels said... Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”


Indeed... It’s all about Him... Without Him we are NOTHING...

• No Life...

• No Hope...

• No Forgiveness...

• No Heaven...

• No Freedom from earth stains...

• No Peace within.


So… The invitation this morning is for you to accept the gift of God’s grace... Accept Jesus as your Savior... Lord... And King.


For those of us who have done this... Our challenge is to let Him live in us like never before.


Accept His invitation as we stand and sing together.



Song...................................................................Lee McCain

Announcements & Prayer..…............................ Charles Cash

Song – Tell Me The Story of Jesus....................... Lee McCain

Jesus in Prophecy – Isaiah7.14, 9.6, 53.3-7 & 12b... Randall

The Birth of Jesus – Luke2.1-16................... George Turnage

Visit of the Magi – Matthew2.1-6................... Conner Turnage

Song – Hark The Herald Angels Sing.................... Lee McCain

Song – O Holy Night............................................ Lee McCain

His Teaching – Matthew 5.1-16 & 7.24-29.......... Jeff Grisham

Song – All To Jesus I Surrender........................ Luke Grisham

His Healing Power –

Acts10.38, Matthew 8.14-17, Luke 5.12-13 & 18-20.... Harold Akridge

Song – All Hail The Power of Jesus Name......... Luke Grisham

Song – To God Be The Glory......................... Joshua Grisham

In The Upper Room – Mark14.12-14 & 22-26..... Aaron Sloan

                       The Lord's Supper is Served

His Death - Our Salvation –Luke 23.44-49 & 24.1-7.. Randall

Invitation Song – What Shall It Be................. Joshua Grisham

Elders Prayer................................................Tracy Bowman

Closing Song – Joy To The World......................... Lee McCain