- 1. Welcome, everyone.
- 2. I am so glad you're here.
- 3. I love Christmas.
- 4. I admit it, I love everything
about Christmas time.
- 5. I love the cookies,
I love the fire,
- 6. I love the presents,
I love the stockings,
- 7. I love the tree,
I love the fudge,
- 8. I love the lights.
- 9. It's a great time for growing
out the winter beard.
- 10. I love everything about it.
- 11. I love the music, I love
the carols and the hymns,
- 12. I love all the kids.
- 13. And I love the spirit in the air
at Christmas time,
- 14. wherever you go.
- 15. There's something that makes
people want to be more kind.
- 16. At Christmas, they want to be
- 17. more helpful, more generous.
- 18. Donations go up
all around the world.
- 19. Something that makes people
bring others in
- 20. from out of the cold
and help them,
- 21. clothe them, feed them.
- 22. And best of all, I think there's
something about Christmas
- 23. that all of us sense deep inside
- 24. "Something big happened,
and because of it,
- 25. everything is going to be okay."
- 26. And I love hot chocolate!
- 27. But have you noticed,
there's some people
- 28. who would love to put a big
wet blanket on all of this.
- 29. They don't want us to love
Christmas so much
- 30. and celebrate it the way we do.
- 31. There's this one group over
here that says,
- 32. "Hey, if you want to sing
your songs and do your stuff
- 33. at Christmas time,
that's fine, but tone it down.
- 34. Don't sing so loud."
- 35. "Just, you take
your private stuff
- 36. and you just keep it
in your house.
- 37. Don't let it spill out
into the public
- 38. and bother the rest of us.
- 39. Just keep it tucked in
- 40. And then there's
this other group over here
- 41. who's actually on
the inside who's telling us,
- 42. "Everything you're doing,
- 43. all this stuff, the images,
- 44. the traditions, it's all wrong.
- 45. It has nothing to do
- 46. As a matter of fact, you should
just take all of that,
- 47. wrap it up and throw it
out the door
- 48. because it's all bad."
- 49. You know, what are they
gonna do next,
- 50. tell us hot chocolate's
bad for us?
- 51. That the Druids invented it?
- 52. So what are we supposed to do?
- 53. I mean, it can get
- 54. And all this bickering
is definitely not
- 55. doing anything good
for our kids.
- 56. Maybe we need a word
from the outside.
- 57. A voice, someone
who can remind us
- 58. of the true meaning
- 59. Because maybe somewhere
along the way,
- 60. we lost sight of the real story.
- 61. Maybe we've got it wrong.
- 62. Or, maybe we're listening
to the wrong people.
- 63. Or, maybe, just maybe,
- 64. someone like Santa Claus is
actually on the team?
- 65. Sir?
- 66. Go away.
- 67. He's here, Sir.
- 68. Where?
- 69. Here, at the Tavern.
- 70. Grab my coat.
- 71. Stories are tricky things,
- 72. especially the ones that
we've heard lots of times.
- 73. There was a time when
we didn't mind hearing
- 74. the same stories over
and over again.
- 75. In fact, when we were children,
- 76. we insisted on hearing them
on an endless loop.
- 77. In fact, we'd even beg and plead
with our parents
- 78. until they either gave up
or gave in.
- 79. Then we got older,
and we thought maybe
- 80. it's time for some new stories.
- 81. We wanted to be surprised.
- 82. We wanted more twists and turns,
and we'd roll our eyes
- 83. if something ever got
- 84. But then we had kids of our own,
- 85. and we found ourselves
- 86. the same stories our parents
- 87. Only we thought that
maybe the stories
- 88. were a bit too scary.
- 89. We got nervous that
the wolf or the witch
- 90. might actually give them
- 91. So, we eased off on the bad guys
or even left them out entirely.
- 92. Our heroes got tamed
- 93. and cut down to more
- 94. They needed to be less intense,
- 95. But the stories we hear
- 96. and the stories we tell
- 97. They teach us how to live
by showing us how to live.
- 98. You and I are in a story
- 99. and how we enter this story
- 100. Hey, everybody.
- 101. That's me enjoying the party.
- 102. And that's my sister.
- 103. She's throwing the party.
- 104. No one loves a Christmas party
more than her.
- 105. As always, amazing.
- 106. Hey, you really stepped it up
- 107. You got Santa Claus.
- 108. Where'd you find him?
- 109. What do you have to pay
a guy like that?
- 110. It's Uncle Bill.
- 111. Maybe it was the beard.
I didn't see him.
- 112. Hey, does Uncle Bill work?
- 113. Does he have a job?
- 114. No, that's why we hired him.
- 115. No.
- 116. Hey, uh, where's Christian?
- 117. Oh, he's in the other room.
- 118. Yeah? How's he doing?
- 119. Is he okay?
- 120. Yeah. Yeah.
- 121. - Yeah, he's fine.
- You sure?
- 122. Yeah.
- 123. I don't know.
- 124. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
- 125. Hey, do I need to break
- 126. Is he not treating you right?
- 127. No.
- 128. I'll take him out in the back
- 129. No, no. He's fine, really!
- 130. He's just... he's just not
into Christmas this year.
- 131. That's all.
- 132. All right, who wants
- 133. I'm hot chocolate guy!
- 134. Come on in, guys!
- 135. Remember how I said earlier
that you and I are
- 136. in the middle of a story?
- 137. The difference between our story
and the stories we heard as kids
- 138. is that we get to help
- 139. and we can choose to be
the hero or the villain.
- 140. We can be the wise man
or the fool.
- 141. We can be Tiny Tim
or Uncle Scrooge.
- 142. Even Uncle Scrooge has a story,
and he has his reasons.
- 143. Problems don't take a break just
because it's Christmas time.
- 144. Maybe someone's missed
his Christmas bonus this year
- 145. or maybe he lost his job
or even a loved one.
- 146. Or maybe, just maybe,
- 147. he just doesn't like Christmas
under any circumstances.
- 148. And that's Christian,
- 149. My sister wasn't exaggerating.
- 150. He is not into Christmas
- 151. You just don't know
- 152. until you see what's going on
inside his head.
- 153. Where some see youthful joy,
- 154. others see phony smiles
and spoiled, bratty kids.
- 155. Where some see laughter
and holiday cheer,
- 156. others see pretense
- 157. Where some see
- 158. others see perverted symbols
with hidden meanings.
- 159. Where some see innocent toys,
- 160. others see pointless
- 161. Where some see generosity
and the joy of giving,
- 162. others see needless spending
and bad stewardship.
- 163. Commercialism, greed,
holiday junk, materialism,
- 164. paganism, elf worship.
- 165. The list goes on and on.
- 166. Some people are determined
to see the worst
- 167. in even the best of things,
- 168. a big slap in the face to
the true meaning of Christmas.
- 169. My man, Christian!
- 170. How you doing?
- 171. What's up, Deandre?
- 172. How you been?
- 173. You know me, blessed
and highly favored.
- 174. And?
- 175. Saved and sanctified,
filled with the Holy Ghost
- 176. and that with a burning fire!
- 177. And?
- 178. Made evident by speaking
in tongues, of course.
- 179. You guys and your verses.
- 180. You really need to work
on your exegesis.
- 181. Extra Jesus?
- 182. Man, I've had my extra Jesus
- 183. ever since I was baptized
for the second time. Ha!
- 184. You gonna give me some?
- 185. That's not what I meant...
- 186. - You get that memo?
- About what?
- 187. No more crazy shirt Fridays.
- 188. From who?
- 189. The man, corporate.
- 190. They think they gonna
tell us what to do.
- 191. We gonna go to HR.
- 192. I'm gonna take it
straight to HR.
- 193. You got to read your emails.
- 194. If we don't have
crazy shirt Fridays,
- 195. it's the end for us, man.
- 196. That's all we got!
What else do we get?
- 197. Floor two?
I don't want floor two.
- 198. You know what happens
down in floor two? I don't.
- 199. Don't want to find out
'cause I'm on floor four,
- 200. and I like it that way.
- 201. We gonna keep it that way.
- 202. We gonna march if we have to.
- 203. Straight power.
Me and you.
- 204. My people have been
- 205. First they come in, start
telling us what we gonna do,
- 206. and then they start taking over,
- 207. telling us we can't have
- 208. then you can't have
- 209. then you can't have Tuesdays,
and what's left?
- 210. Wednesday. Hump day!
- 211. That's already a day.
That's not our day.
- 212. We need a day for us,
crazy shirt Fridays.
- 213. Do you know how many
crazy shirts I've got
- 214. that my wife gave me
- 215. What am I gonna do with those?
- 216. - Are you listening to me?
- 217. I'm gonna get some
- 218. I'll send you the email again,
- 219. I'm out.
- 220. And when we see someone
struggling around Christmas,
- 221. we should reach out.
- 222. Hey, Christian!
- 223. Nope. Not here.
- 224. Just Bill on the couch.
- 225. And if that person goes missing
from the Christmas party,
- 226. especially if it's
at his own home,
- 227. a good place to look would be
- 228. free from Christmas.
- 229. Ah, the car in the driveway.
- 230. See, if this were a story,
- 231. that's exactly where you
would expect to find him,
- 232. and you would know that this
character needs an intervention.
- 233. - Hey.
- 234. I was wondering where you were.
- 235. Just, you know... taking a break.
- 236. You okay?
- 237. Yeah.
- 238. It just gets... noisy, yeah.
- 239. I was driving home today,
- 240. right on Main,
everything's lit up.
- 241. I'm driving by a store,
and I, I see...
- 242. I see a little girl and her mom.
- 243. The little girl's got this look
on her face like...
- 244. And her Mom's looking at her
like, "Oh, it's okay, okay,"
- 245. And you know, the mom's
got bags with her.
- 246. You can tell they've been,
they've been shopping,
- 247. and the little girl is
just so upset.
- 248. Obviously, whatever she wants,
she's not getting.
- 249. Everybody just wants stuff.
- 250. And then, then I, come here
- 251. and I look at here,
and I look at the...
- 252. I look at the food,
I look at like, a ham.
- 253. I didn't even know we could
get a ham that big.
- 254. I see the presents.
- 255. I see, I see... I see the tree.
- 256. I see... I see Santa.
- 257. It's like, what are
we gonna do?
- 258. We're gonna open those presents.
- 259. Nieces and nephews are gonna
get all excited,
- 260. they're gonna tear through...
- 261. And it's like three weeks
- 262. no one's gonna be
playing with it.
- 263. And that money spent...
- 264. how many kids could we have fed?
- 265. How many wells could
we have dug?
- 266. Yeah.
- 267. That's Christmas.
- 268. Don't... don't...
- 269. I love your sister,
I love her to death.
- 270. And she loves,
she loves doing this.
- 271. She loves putting all
the lights up and...
- 272. But I look... I look
at what Christmas is.
- 273. I think to myself, "This cannot
be what God wants."
- 274. And deep... and deep
in the corner,
- 275. stuck in the corner will be
a little snow globe,
- 276. a little nativity scene,
a little baby Jesus.
- 277. We stick it somewhere
in the corner,
- 278. don't really see it,
and it's a trinket
- 279. while a big old Christmas tree
- 280. "I'm the big tree!
- 281. I'm the big center...
I'm the big centerpiece
- 282. of all of Christmas."
- 283. And Santa's over there,
and over here...
- 284. yeah, let's just put Jesus
in the corner."
- 285. Let's put him right there,
- 286. and put a little glass thing
- 287. Shake it upside down.
- 288. It's winter.
- 289. Snow falls all over,
all over baby Jesus.
- 290. And then finally, he was
not born in December.
- 291. This is not what Christmas
is all about.
- 292. I hear you.
- 293. - I get it.
- My man.
- 294. But this is all wrong.
- 295. This is all wrong.
- 296. No.
- 297. You're all wrong.
- 298. About what?
- 299. About everything you just said.
- 300. I said a lot.
- 301. Yeah, and it's all wrong.
- 302. I think you mean well,
- 303. but you got the whole thing
- 304. You, you drank the Kool-Aid.
- 305. You, you took the bait,
hook, line and sinker.
- 306. You swallowed the whole thing.
- 307. Guess what?
- 308. Everything you see
- 309. it's all about Christmas.
- 310. It's all about Jesus, and you're
spoiling the whole thing.
- 311. Not just for your wife,
- 312. but for everybody
inside your house.
- 313. You're listening to
the wrong people.
- 314. Are we seeing the same party?
- 315. Are we seeing the same
- 316. that's going on in there?
- 317. Yeah.
- 318. Okay, so, okay, so...
explain to me
- 319. how when I walk into
that Christmas party,
- 320. which is going on all over
- 321. Uh-huh.
- 322. Explain to me how
that Christmas party
- 323. honors and glorifies Jesus.
- 324. 'Cause I'm not seeing it.
- 325. Where do I start?
- 326. Let's start with
your snow globe.
- 327. The Nativity.
- 328. Now, I want you
to visualize this.
- 329. Close your eyes
and, and visualize this.
- 330. Okay, alright, I'll play.
- 331. I see it.
- 332. A baby is born.
- 333. If you had to pick
one valuable thing
- 334. in all of the decorations around
your house at Christmas time,
- 335. it would probably be
your Nativity set.
- 336. But Christian, I don't
even think you see
- 337. what's so amazing
about that scene
- 338. because to think that
it's only valuable
- 339. because the baby Jesus is there
- 340. misses a huge part
of what's going on.
- 341. The birth of the baby
- 342. because of the story
he enters into.
- 343. I want you to see a cave,
not a stable
- 344. or some little prairie farm
- 345. First of all, a manger is
a feeding trough,
- 346. and it's probably going to be
carved out of a rock.
- 347. It's going to be in a cave,
- 348. and upon that rock you would
feed your animals.
- 349. Now, move beyond the cute
- 350. where everything is
safe and soft,
- 351. where everyone has white skin
and clean clothes.
- 352. See a cave, see a place
- 353. Now, let's get this story right.
- 354. This was a child that
was born into a world
- 355. where the world power
wanted to kill him
- 356. just for being born.
- 357. k of soldiers surrounding the
- 358. You need to think
of Herod's soldiers
- 359. moving through the streets,
- 360. finding babies
and murdering them.
- 361. And mothers weeping
for their children.
- 362. Let's set the stage.
- 363. We're very careful about
having Mary there,
- 364. kneeling by her newborn miracle.
- 365. Joseph is there, surely amazed
at what had just happened.
- 366. Baby Jesus is there,
- 367. and the Bible draws
- 368. to something that we usually
think of as just a prop.
- 369. Let's take everything away
for a moment.
- 370. Let's take away Joseph,
- 371. leaving just a young girl
and her newborn infant.
- 372. Now, let's take away Mary,
leaving the baby.
- 373. Let's even take away the baby
himself for just a moment.
- 374. Now, don't panic.
- 375. It's not because he isn't
- 376. the most important person
in the story.
- 377. He is.
- 378. But because by getting
a look at this prop,
- 379. we'll get a better idea of why
he was born in the first place.
- 380. Swaddling cloth.
- 381. What is this swaddling cloth?
- 382. Is it just a blanket for a baby?
- 383. We usually only think
of the baby Jesus
- 384. being wrapped in cloths,
- 385. but the Bible brings these
cloths back into the story
- 386. one more time...
- 387. at his tomb when they rolled
that stone away.
- 388. The cloth in the tomb was empty
- 389. because it could not hold
the body wrapped inside.
- 390. Jesus escaped death as a baby
by the hand of God,
- 391. and he conquered death
as an adult
- 392. by that very same hand,
- 393. and because that cloth
could not hold him,
- 394. death still cannot win.
- 395. Did you ever wonder
why the wise men
- 396. brought frankincense and myrrh
at Jesus' birth?
- 397. Those are burial spices.
- 398. Why would they bring
burial spices to a baby shower?
- 399. The birth scene is a picture
of a coming burial scene.
- 400. The soldiers don't get to kill
the baby, though.
- 401. He came to die, but it was
according to his Father's plan,
- 402. in his timing and on his terms.
- 403. The death of Jesus was not
the tragic end to the story.
- 404. It was the plan all along,
- 405. to offer up his body as bread
for the hungry
- 406. and to shed his blood to cover
the sins of the guilty.
- 407. Now, put Jesus back
into that cloth
- 408. and let that image paint
the picture for you.
- 409. A baby who came to die,
- 410. but not until
the appointed time.
- 411. Yes, that's the reason for
the season right there.
- 412. I got to admit I never saw
the whole swaddling cloth thing.
- 413. I, I didn't either.
- 414. But that's my point.
- 415. Like, I can open the Bible,
- 416. I can look right there,
and I can go, "Oh, there it is!
- 417. Like, I didn't,
I didn't even see that!"
- 418. Like, that stuff blows my mind!
- 419. Like, that's, that's
all I'm saying.
- 420. And Herod's soldiers
- 421. and kind of looking at
that whole thing like that's...
- 422. I feel like we need to have
like little Herod soldiers
- 423. like all around, you know,
- 424. Right.
- 425. For me to be able to see like,
this is what's going on.
- 426. Right, right.
- 427. My man, Deandre.
- 428. You get that memo?
- 429. Oh, you know I got that memo.
- 430. It's not a laughing matter,
- 431. You know what's really
going on here.
- 432. Yes.
- 433. No, no, no, I don't.
- 434. Three words: war on Christmas.
- 435. Oh yeah.
- 436. I think it would be
in our best interest
- 437. before we go any further.
we got to be really careful.
- 438. You never know who's listening
- 439. Cups up.
- 440. All right, man, check this out.
- 441. We got to go on the offensive.
- 442. It's like the rapper, Sugar Free
said, "If you stay ready,
- 443. you ain't got to get ready."
- 444. They're already taking away
our freedom of speech.
- 445. I can't say Merry Christmas
at work no more.
- 446. I have to say Happy Holidays,
but I am not in a daze.
- 447. I am wide awake.
- 448. It's deeper than that, though.
- 449. You heard about Area 51?
- 450. What about Area 52?
- 451. That's where they keeping
all the mangers and trees
- 452. and Nativity scenes
they keep taking down.
- 453. Speaking of down, you know why
the Pope really stepped down?
- 454. Da Vinci code, right? Wrong.
- 455. There's a whole Picasso code.
- 456. I'm actually still working
on that one.
- 457. Come on, man, they got fluoride
in our water.
- 458. I'm saying, that's gotta cause
at least Asperger's.
- 459. Speaking of burgers,
- 460. you probably ain't even
had one in years.
- 461. That ain't no ground beef,
- 462. That's pink slime.
- 463. I seen it on YouTube.
Look it up.
- 464. You know what you got to do?
- 465. Get like me and wifey,
- 466. strictly ostrich and emu meat,
- 467. Delicious and exotic.
- 468. Come on, you got the chemtrails
- 469. trying to control the weather
- 470. with the womp, womp,
- 471. GMO's and pesticides.
- 472. You know there's a huge
honey bee shortage, right?
- 473. Exactly.
- 474. Colony collapse disorder.
- 475. Ah, that rhymes
with new world order.
- 476. Coincidence? I thinks not.
- 477. I saw "Loose Change,"
I know what's up
- 478. with the whole Koch brothers,
- 479. Dick Cheney, Enron, Fannie Mac,
Freddie Mae tie-in.
- 480. But I mean, that's obvious.
- 481. Look, man, I saw it on Fox News,
so you know it's true.
- 482. War on Christmas,
- 483. Hey! Who needs more coffee?
- 484. Uh, no, we're good.
- 485. Delicious, though.
- 486. All right, man,
I think we're cool.
- 487. Cups down.
- 488. So you know what
we got to do, right?
- 489. What?
- 490. The only thing we can do.
- 491. Christmas trees.
- 492. News flash!
- 493. Christmas tree,
not in the Bible!
- 494. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
- 495. Did I miss it?
- 496. I miss Leviticus sometimes,
- 497. but I'm pretty sure
it's not in there.
- 498. That's the big thing I got
sitting in my house right now,
- 499. is a big Christmas tree.
- 500. That's a pagan...
- 501. that's a pagan idol symbol
- 502. You know that, right?
- 503. That's what they would
worship the god with.
- 504. You know, the gods.
- 505. - What gods?
- The gods.
- 506. Which gods?
- 507. Thorsus, Thorsirus, Thor...
it's always a Norwegian...
- 508. It's, that's what they would do.
- 509. It was winter, it was
the Winter Solstice.
- 510. News flash, it's December.
- 511. Jesus was not born in December,
- 512. and we're celebrating
his birthday in December.
- 513. Hello?
- 514. When was he born?
- 515. Probably, he was probably,
- 516. I don't know, but he wasn't
born in December.
- 517. Everyone knows that.
So, we're celebrating that...
- 518. And the trees are like,
it's about like,
- 519. the evergreen trees
represents eternal life...
- 520. - Yes.
- And fertility, fertility gods.
- 521. Wikipedia. Yeah.
- 522. And people would worship
these symbols then,
- 523. and they believed that if they
worshipped these symbols
- 524. and they laid down their
offerings and their gifts,
- 525. that they would inherit
- 526. You know this.
- 527. And this is...
this is all idolatry.
- 528. Yes, it's idolatry in my house.
- 529. How do your kids react
every morning on Christmas?
- 530. What do they do? Tell me.
- 531. What do they do?
- 532. I make my kids wait at
the top of the staircase.
- 533. I don't let them come
down the stairs
- 534. until my wife and I get
everything ready, the tree,
- 535. and the anticipation builds,
and they run down the stairs
- 536. when I tell them they can,
and they run out to the tree,
- 537. and they just are blown away
- 538. by all the presents sitting
at the base of the tree.
- 539. That's exactly what
the Druids did.
- 540. - Right.
- 541. You look this up.
This is all history.
- 542. So, where, I ask again,
- 543. where are Christmas trees
in the Bible?
- 544. I'm glad you asked.
- 545. I'll close my eyes again.
- 546. Here I go, I'm waiting.
- 547. Okay. What's the chapter?
- 548. What's the verse?
- 549. Do you have a weird, obscure
verse in Numbers?
- 550. Where... where am I going?
- 551. Where do I start in the Bible?
- 552. Christmas trees, I'm waiting.
- 553. Where do I go?
- 554. I'm glad my sister married you.
- 555. This is awesome.
- 556. Bro, bro, look at me.
- 557. Where we going in the Bible?
- 558. Genesis.
- 559. The whole biblical story
starts in a tree lot.
- 560. The Garden of Eden was
full of trees.
- 561. Adam and Eve were given
the fruit of these trees to eat,
- 562. but the story calls
- 563. to two of these trees
- 564. First, the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil
- 565. and then later the tree of life.
- 566. One tree was off limits
because by eating it,
- 567. man would surely die.
- 568. But Adam ate from the first tree
and was thrown out of the garden
- 569. so that he couldn't eat
from the second.
- 570. Mankind would have to wait
- 571. until the path to that tree
- 572. but I'm getting ahead of myself.
- 573. We'll come back to that later.
- 574. Let's talk about that
evergreen tree in your house
- 575. decorated with stylized fruit
- 576. that's making you so nervous.
- 577. You're anxious because
you can't find it in the Bible.
- 578. Well, let me help you.
- 579. When God created the world,
he filled it with trees.
- 580. He hung fruit on the trees.
- 581. When it was time for him
to build his house
- 582. and make it beautiful,
God brought trees inside.
- 583. The walls of his temple were
frescoed with images of trees.
- 584. The lamp stand in his tabernacle
was an almond tree.
- 585. And guess what he placed
on the branches of the tree
- 586. in his house?
- 587. Lights.
- 588. Beautiful green trees
decorated with fruit
- 589. shimmering with lights
inside a house.
- 590. That's God's idea,
not the Druids.
- 591. And the early church had
plenty of good reasons
- 592. to celebrate the birth of Jesus
on December 25,
- 593. and it had nothing to do
with the winter solstice.
- 594. By the way, last I checked,
- 595. it was God who made
the winter solstice
- 596. when he set the planets
on their path around the sun.
- 597. And it's actually quite fitting
- 598. that we celebrate the birth of
Jesus in the bleak, mid-winter
- 599. when the world appears
to be sleeping and dying,
- 600. the darkest and coldest time
- 601. Right then at that time, we're
proclaiming the turn of history
- 602. from darkness to light,
from coldness to warmth,
- 603. and from death to life.
- 604. So, enough with what pagans
want us to see.
- 605. Let's look at what God
wants us to see.
- 606. Let's go back to our story.
- 607. As I was saying,
- 608. Adam stole the fruit
from God's tree and ate it.
- 609. Now, when you steal something,
you're required to put it back.
- 610. But how could he?
- 611. Adam had already eaten it.
- 612. It had gone down inside,
and become part of him.
- 613. The only way that Adam could
put the fruit back on the tree
- 614. would be, as crazy
as it sounds,
- 615. he would have to put himself
up on that tree.
- 616. Now, think.
- 617. What did Jesus do?
- 618. He was the last Adam.
- 619. Jesus was able to do
what Adam could not do.
- 620. He put himself up on a tree,
making us right with God.
- 621. Jesus was God's blessed fruit
hung on his blessed tree.
- 622. Remember that swaddling cloth?
- 623. It comes back into the story
again at Jesus' burial.
- 624. Nicodemus brings all
the funeral preparations,
- 625. frankincense, myrrh,
aloe and cloth.
- 626. And why is he
bringing the cloth?
- 627. To wrap the body of
our crucified Savior,
- 628. Jesus, put to death on a tree.
- 629. The Bible begins with trees.
- 630. Adam stole the fruit from
God's tree and ate it.
- 631. The fruit that the first Adam
stole was put back on the tree
- 632. by the last Adam when he,
himself, hung on a wooden cross.
- 633. So, when you walk
into a Christmas tree lot,
- 634. I want you to see
hundreds of crosses
- 635. that will never be used because
of Jesus' finished work.
- 636. He paid the price that
we could never have paid.
- 637. He took the curse
that was rightly ours.
- 638. He reconciled us to God.
- 639. He is the light of the world
that has pierced the darkness.
- 640. So, when you see
empty Christmas trees,
- 641. see an empty cross.
- 642. And when you see
the empty cross,
- 643. see the empty cloth lying
in an empty tomb.
- 644. And when you see an empty
tomb, do what the disciples did,
- 645. turn and run to tell the story
that Jesus is alive.
- 646. That's pretty cool.
- 647. It's awesome.
- 648. Just I wasn't...
and I almost feel bad.
- 649. I wasn't looking closely
- 650. I just didn't, I didn't,
I didn't see that.
- 651. I didn't...
- 652. Hey, I didn't see it either.
- 653. That's why I'm sharing it
- 654. Santa Claus... in the Bible.
- 655. Unless I missed somewhere
in the Bible
- 656. where God sends his
- 657. Elf?
- 658. Elf, Santa dude, like...
- 659. Reindeer pulling a sleigh?
- 660. Just tell me right now
you're not going to pull like...
- 661. Sliding down a chimney.
- 662. Zephaniah 4 or like
3rd Corinthians 15,
- 663. like, "Oh, there's Santa Claus.
- 664. I didn't even see it
- 665. Just tell me right now.
- 666. Okay, we're good, right?
- 667. That's not going
to happen, okay.
- 668. So, hold on, hold on.
- 669. So, I'm, I'm safe in saying
- 670. that there is no Santa Claus
in the Bible?
- 671. No, there is no Santa Claus
in the Bible, but...
- 672. Okay. Hold, eh...
- 673. No, no, no, hold on.
- 674. Hold on, hold on.
- 675. Just think about it,
think about it for one minute.
- 676. That's the guy, Santa,
that's obliterated Jesus.
- 677. Jesus is gone!
- 678. The reason for the season
is Santa Claus!
- 679. What the kids are saying
all across the world is not,
- 680. "I'm so excited to celebrate
the birth of Jesus!"
- 681. No, they're saying,
"I'm so excited
- 682. to get my picture taken
with Santa Claus!
- 683. You're going to bring me
- 684. S-A-N-T-A.
- 685. Rearrange the letters.
- 686. Santa, Satan.
- 687. - Right?
- 688. Coincidence?
- 689. Yeah.
- 690. Okay, and who's completely
gotten rid of Jesus?
- 691. Satan. Santa.
- 692. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho.
- 693. Where's ho, ho, ho, ho, ho
in the Bible?
- 694. Ho, ho, ho. Bible.
- 695. What's the next line?
- 696. Right, omniscient.
- 697. Omniscience, omnipresence.
- 698. He rewards the good,
and he punishes the bad.
- 699. Last I checked, that was God.
- 700. By the way, this is works based.
- 701. Last I checked, saved by grace.
- 702. This is, this is a complete
- 703. This is a hijacking...
- 704. high-handed hijacking,
- 705. It's like a carjacking
but like of our religion.
- 706. And guess what,
Santa got in the car,
- 707. kicked Jesus out and was like,
- 708. "rolling, rolling, rolling,"
and took it.
- 709. Gone.
- 710. Christmas is gone.
- 711. It's all about Santa.
- 712. Where in the Bible?
Where in the Bible?
- 713. Where in the Bible?
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip.
- 714. Red letter, red letter,
- 715. Where is it?
- 716. So, okay. Hold on.
- 717. I can't, I can't wait
for this one.
- 718. Here we go, here we go.
- 719. I'm ready. Eyes are closed.
- 720. I'm looking at, I see him.
- 721. Hold on, I see his face.
- 722. Oh, I see his face.
- 723. What do you see?
- 724. You see a little elf
and he's in a sleigh
- 725. and he's in a little red cap
with a little red,
- 726. little red outfit.
- 727. - Yeah.
- He's got a sack over his back.
- 728. And he's being pulled
by a team of reindeer.
- 729. Right. Not in the Bible.
- 730. And he's gonna land on a roof,
- 731. and he's gonna slide
down a chimney,
- 732. and he's going to fill stockings
- 733. and put presents around
the base of a tree.
- 734. - Right.
- 735. - Right.
- 736. Let me tell you about
the real Santa Claus.
- 737. Oh, I'm ready.
- 738. The real Santa Claus was
a real bad, bad dude.
- 739. And when I say bad,
I mean bad in the good way.
- 740. So Christian, you want Christmas
to be all about Jesus?
- 741. You think you're fighting
the good fight
- 742. by scowling at decorations
and scoffing at presents
- 743. and mocking Christmas trees?
- 744. Let me show you how a real
defender of the faith does it.
- 745. Now, if I tried to show you
how this really happened,
- 746. you'd see a lot of guys in robes
wearing tall hats,
- 747. carrying scepters and swinging
- 748. It'd be a mess.
- 749. I want you to imagine this
a little more...
- 750. Lord of the Rings-y.
- 751. Sir?
- 752. Go away.
- 753. He's here, Sir.
- 754. Where?
- 755. Here, at the Tavern.
- 756. Grab my coat.
- 757. His real name was Nicholas.
- 758. He was a devout Christian.
- 759. He was the Bishop of Myra,
a city in modern day Turkey.
- 760. He was left with a large sum
of money when his parents died,
- 761. and he became famous
for his kindness
- 762. toward the poor and his generous
giving of gifts to children.
- 763. He was there at the Council
of Nicaea in A.D. 325,
- 764. one of the most important events
of church history
- 765. use one of the most
rtant doctrines of the faith
- 766. was being challenged.
- 767. There were leaders in the church
that had begun
- 768. to deny the deity of Christ,
- 769. the doctrine that confessed
Jesus as the Son of God,
- 770. God in the flesh.
- 771. Nicholas did not take
kindly to those
- 772. who wanted to reduce Jesus
to a mere man.
- 773. The Council of Nicaea ended up
producing what is known today
- 774. as the Nicene Creed,
- 775. a profession of faith used by
churches all around the world.
- 776. The Creed affirmed
the deity of Christ
- 777. and the three persons
of the trinity,
- 778. but that affirmation
- 779. without Nicholas and a fight.
- 780. He was a real man who
fought for a real truth
- 781. against a real enemy
of the faith.
- 782. Leading the charge in this
heresy was a Bishop named Arius.
- 783. He was known as a charismatic
and compelling speaker.
- 784. He was traveling from region
to region spreading his heresy
- 785. like a plague, saying that Jesus
was less than God.
- 786. Nicholas had heard enough
of Arius' babbling.
- 787. He would be the shepherd
that protects his sheep
- 788. from the wolves.
- 789. In the beginning was the Word...
- 790. and the Word was with God
and the Word... was God.
- 791. and the Word was with God
and the Word... was God.
- 792. The official record says
that at a critical moment
- 793. during the Council, Nicholas
put the heretic Arius to shame,
- 794. not only by word but also by
deed, smiting him on the cheek.
- 795. Now, of course, not everyone
at the Council was happy
- 796. with his less than jolly
- 797. In fact, they were
- 798. they removed his title
- 799. but he was so loved
by the people
- 800. that they gave it back to him.
- 801. In fact, he was even sainted.
- 802. That's why we call him
- 803. Those were difficult
and desperate times.
- 804. Truth was on the line,
- 805. and it was not the time for
this pastor to go soft on truth
- 806. or stay quiet for the sake
of being politically correct.
- 807. Nicholas was a hero
who became legendary.
- 808. And that legend became
larger than life
- 809. and reached mythic proportions.
- 810. In France, he was called
- 811. In Sweden, he was Tomte.
- 812. In Norway, he was Julenissen.
- 813. In the Netherlands,
he was Sinterklaas.
- 814. Everyone wanted a piece of him.
- 815. Oh, look who it is.
- 816. Better?
- 817. You get that out of your system?
- 818. Come on. We've got work to do.
- 819. Come on.
- 820. Let's go bless
some kids tonight.
- 821. We've got gifts to give.
- 822. Ho, ho, ho, ho.
- 823. So, Christian, the guy
you think is distracting
- 824. everyone's attention from
the birth of the Christ child
- 825. is actually the defender of
the faith you want to be.
- 826. Santa...
- 827. is the man!
- 828. Yeah, he is.
- 829. Bro, let me just say this.
- 830. I know you love my sister.
- 831. I know you love Christ.
- 832. I know you love Christmas,
- 833. and you want it to be all about
what it's all about.
- 834. But all this is good!
- 835. All this is what it's all about.
- 836. You just need to see it
with new eyes.
- 837. I've missed it.
- 838. I've absolutely... missed it.
- 839. Oh, dude, I am...
- 840. I'm that guy in the story.
- 841. I'm the jerk.
- 842. Oh, dude, this is bad.
- 843. This is bad.
- 844. I'm that guy.
- 845. Oh, dude, I'm staying
in this car all night.
- 846. This is horrible.
- 847. Do me a favor, go back in,
- 848. say like, "Christian got
a rash," or something.
- 849. Like, I broke out in something.
- 850. Like I had like some eggnog.
- 851. Something that I had no idea
that I was allergic to.
- 852. I was like, I couldn't like...
- 853. - Someone spiked the egg nog?
- Acid flaccid something.
- 854. Like, yes, yes.
- 855. And I, and I...
and I had to go.
- 856. I had to go get the eggnog shot.
- 857. Whatever they give for that,
- 858. No.
- 859. There's a better way
to end this story.
- 860. You know what you need to do?
- 861. You need to be the guy...
- 862. who walks back into your house,
walks up to your wife and says,
- 863. "I was wrong. I blew it."
- 864. You know what you need to do.
- 865. What if you did that?
- 866. No, you're right,
I should do it.
- 867. Or you. It's your sister.
- 868. - No, it's me.
- It's your wife.
- 869. It's me. It's me.
- 870. The best ending to this story
is you being the guy...
- 871. that everyone roots for.
- 872. You be the guy who saves
- 873. You being the
guy who's all in.
- 874. I'm going to be that guy.
- 875. I'm going to be that guy.
- 876. I'm going to be that guy.
I'm going to be that guy.
- 877. I'm going to be that guy.
- 878. Go, bro.
- 879. I'm going to be that guy.
- 880. I'm going to be that guy!
- 881. I'm going... I'm going...
- 882. I'm going to be the... grrrr.
- 883. I'm going to be that guy.
- 884. I'm going to be that guy.
- 885. I'm going to be that guy.
- 886. What's up baby,
I'm going to be that guy.
- 887. What you got going on, girl?
- 888. I'm going to be that...
- 889. I'm going to be that guy.
- 890. Whoa.
- 891. Looks like somebody's
having a moment.
- 892. Umm.
- 893. So take it all in,
all the glory of Christmas.
- 894. Now, see Christmas through
- 895. Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Back up, everybody!
- 896. Whew! Work, Holy Spirit, ha!
- 897. - Can I get a amen?
- 898. The scales are falling off.
- 899. Glory! Ah, glory! Hmm.
- 900. Sometimes you have to be
- 901. to be humbled as a little child
- 902. to get the right perspective
- 903. Look at the presents
around your tree.
- 904. When you see them
from this perspective,
- 905. see how they look
like a city skyline.
- 906. Imagine the new Jerusalem,
- 907. a heavenly city whose builder
and architect is God,
- 908. and the wall of the city
- 909. with all kinds
of precious stones.
- 910. And what's at the center
of that city?
- 911. A tree.
- 912. The tree of life, made available
- 913. by the conquering blood of Jesus
to all who believe.
- 914. This tree, full of
- 915. This tree, full of fruit.
- 916. This tree, full of lights
that shine in the darkness,
- 917. lights that shine over the city.
- 918. So, see the lights,
the stars over Bethlehem
- 919. announcing the birth
of the Prince of Peace.
- 920. Lesser lights that remind us
- 921. that Jesus is the light
of the world
- 922. and that we are to let our light
shine before men.
- 923. And there's another thing.
- 924. ook at those presents again,
stacked and wrapped
- 925. and made beautiful, waiting
to be torn open.
- 926. This isn't bad stewardship.
- 927. This is doing what God does.
- 928. He has always been giving
gifts to his children
- 929. at the base of trees.
- 930. Abraham was given the gift of
a son at the Oaks of Mamre.
- 931. The Cedars of Lebanon were
given as materials
- 932. for Solomon's temple.
- 933. r salvation was given to us
t the base of a tree.
- 934. So, does this tree belong
in your house?
- 935. Should it be loaded with fruit
and lights and presents?
- 936. Hmm. Whoa, whoa, whoa!
- 937. Part the red sea!
- 938. And now that you know
who the real Santa is,
- 939. I got a question for you.
- 940. Would you like to take
a picture with him?
- 941. Our Christmas traditions are
so rich and so full
- 942. if only we had the eyes
to see them.
- 943. It's time to step
out of the car,
- 944. out of the quiet and safe place
where we've been hiding.
- 945. It's time to tell everyone
- 946. that every inch of this creation
belongs to Jesus.
- 947. So, you're out of the car.
- 948. Are your eyes open?
- 949. What do you see?
- 950. A soldier?
- 951. We need to make traditions
of our own.
- 952. We need to infuse old symbols
with new meaning.
- 953. We need to rearrange our lives
and our homes
- 954. so that every single thing
points to Jesus.
- 955. We need to tell our children
- 956. We need to be bold.
- 957. Remember those soldiers
at the Nativity?
- 958. These were Herod's strongest
warriors doing his bidding.
- 959. Every toy soldier can be
- 960. of the whole story of how a baby
was spared in his infancy
- 961. to become the warrior
- 962. that death finally was killed.
- 963. So, bring the soldiers close.
- 964. Let them be near the nativity,
and remind your children
- 965. that every character
in God's story has a place.
- 966. And if you've been that guy,
if you spent the holidays
- 967. terrorizing your family
and your friends,
- 968. scowling at Santa,
frustrating your wife,
- 969. it's time to make it right.
- 970. Christmas, after all,
- 971. is ultimately about making
all things right.
- 972. You okay?
- 973. Honey, I've been a bit of a jerk
this Christmas season.
- 974. Yeah, you have.
- 975. You deserve so much better,
- 976. and this Christmas, I want
to give you something
- 977. I've been wanting to give you
for a long time.
- 978. What do you got in mind,
- 979. Now, what happens in most
stories at this point?
- 980. I mean, if you were writing
this story right now,
- 981. what would you want
to have happen?
- 982. The cliche kiss, right?
- 983. But, if we learned one thing
in all this, let's not forget
- 984. that sometimes our heroes
do the unexpected.
- 985. I went ahead and just organized
a hip hop dance crew
- 986. that encompasses all the joy
- 987. bursting in excitement
that I alone as one man
- 988. just cannot express.
- 989. No, really, I did.
- 990. Hit it, Deandre!
- 991. Oh, man, I got just the track
- 992. How about some
Family Force Five?
- 993. "Angels We Have Heard on High".
- 994. Come on, people, let's do this!
- 995. Yeah! I want to see
a choir in here.
- 996. A God squad.
You know how we do.
- 997. Ooh, Marshall Foster's
in the house
- 998. kicking it old school.
- 999. He on to me.
You know how we do it.
- 1000. Altos, sopranos and tenors.
- 1001. Let's do this, baby! Unh!
- 1002. Oh, flying in, flying in!
- 1003. Come on!
- 1004. All right, everybody!
- 1005. Let's feast!
- 1006. Well, that's why I show up
for these parties.
- 1007. So, this is Christmas.
- 1008. Pull out your best dishes,
your finest linens,
- 1009. your nicest silverware,
the biggest ham.
- 1010. Every side dish you can
- 1011. and the richest butter.
- 1012. It's time to feast.
- 1013. Invite your neighbors,
- 1014. your friends and your family
and make the most of Christmas.
- 1015. Fill your table with laughter
and stories and songs.
- 1016. Don't miss a single opportunity
- 1017. to pass along the joy
of the season.
- 1018. And don't buy into the complaint
- 1019. during Christmas.
- 1020. Sure, don't max out
your credit cards
- 1021. or use presents to buy friends,
- 1022. this is a celebration
of the eternal God
- 1023. taking on a material body.
- 1024. So, it's right that our holiday
is marked with material things.
- 1025. Things we can see
with our eyes
- 1026. and touch with our hands
and look upon.
- 1027. Ribbons, decorations,
hot chocolate, lights,
- 1028. presents, giant hams, stuffing,
fudge, Christmas cards,
- 1029. and more hot chocolate
piled high with whip cream.
- 1030. How could we possibly capture
all that Christmas is?
- 1031. We could eat until we split
at the seams.
- 1032. We could smile
until our cheeks hurt
- 1033. and laugh until
our bellies ache.
- 1034. We could sing until our voices
- 1035. and we would not have even
scratched the surface
- 1036. of this glorious day.
- 1037. Throw your doors open
and invite the world
- 1038. into the story of this king
and his kingdom.
- 1039. This is our story, our city,
our tree, our lights,
- 1040. our presents, our songs,
our Saint Nick,
- 1041. our hope, our future,
- 1042. My brother-in-law is seeing it
for the first time,
- 1043. and once your eyes have been
opened, you can't go back.
- 1044. All the best to you
and your family this Christmas.
- 1045. I have to say, things
have improved around here.
- 1046. Main man, Christian.
- 1047. How you doin', man?
- 1048. How you doin', Deandre?
- 1049. How you been?
- 1050. Bring it back, here we go.
- 1051. Alright.
- 1052. Here we go, and action.
- 1053. My main man, Christian!
- 1054. How you doin'?
- 1055. What's up, Deandre?
- 1056. How you been?
- 1057. You know me, blessed
and highly favored.
- 1058. - And?
- Ha-ha ha...
- 1059. Bring it back, here we go.
- 1060. - Blessed and highly favored.
- Blessed and highly favored...
- 1061. Here we go, it's digital,
roll all day, here we go.
- 1062. It's the end for us, man.
That's all we got!
- 1063. What else do we get?
- 1064. Floor two?
I don't want floor two.
- 1065. Do you know what happens
down at floor two?
- 1066. I don't, don't wanna find out
- 1067. 'cause I'm on floor four
and I like it that way.
- 1068. We gonna keep it that way.
- 1069. We gonna march if we have to.
- 1070. Straight power, me and you.
- 1071. They're not gonna do this
to us, man.
- 1072. We done been here before.
- 1073. My people have been through
- 1074. I think you Jewish,
- 1075. so your people have been
through enough too.
- 1076. We all done been through it,
and that's enough.
- 1077. - How many people you got?
- All of us, we all people.
- 1078. Came from Adam, right?
- 1079. Six, seven, I don't know.
- 1080. We got a whole bunch.
- 1081. But who's countin'?
They ain't countin'.
- 1082. All they see is people.
Me, you, all of us...
- 1083. - Fingers, do your fingers.
- Five, six, seven.
- 1084. I don't even know what
I'm saying right now.
- 1085. I'm just gonna talk and move
my hands and keep going crazy
- 1086. till you get everything you
need from this camera.
- 1087. I'm not gonna... tell them to
come get me 'cause we here.
- 1088. We got it all up, mmm.
Can't silence me.
- 1089. - We shall overcome one day!
- Do a little spin.
- 1090. And they ain't gonna tell me
what to do...
- 1091. - Do a little spin.
- We gonna do it, we gonna do it.
- 1092. We gonna take it to,
we gonna march,
- 1093. we gonna do the running man,
- 1094. we gonna do everything we got
to do 'cause they don't get us.
- 1095. No, man, it ain't gonna happen
- 1096. Get back in position
and question me,
- 1097. - You listening?
- You listening?
- 1098. You heard what I said?
- 1099. - We say ho!
- 1100. - Ho!
- 1101. - Ho! Ho!
- Ho! Ho!
- 1102. Now, stop!
- 1103. - Oh, we bad.
- Hammer time.
- 1104. Oh, we bad.
- 1105. Am I good here, Andy?
- 1106. Kirk, what do you do for
dry mouth in between scenes?
- 1107. What do you do?
- 1108. Um, just water.
- 1109. Water, or do you do like
a fruit thing, like celery?
- 1110. - What do you do?
- What happened to the ranch?
- 1111. - Isn't it terrible?
- Oh, my goodness.
- 1112. I don't know how you guys
- 1113. Here we go, quiet please.
Here we go.
- 1114. Sound, speed.
- 1115. Hey Kirk, can you puff up
my sweater dirt... dust?
- 1116. - Pull camera.
- 1117. Just hit it, hit, hit, hit.
- 1118. Hit, hit, hit, hit...
- 1119. and step out.
- 1120. - I like fat geese.
- We're rolling, here we go.
- 1121. Okay, speed and I'll go ahead
and give it a clap.
- 1122. Fat geese, giant hams.
- 1123. I love fat geese
and giant fams.
- 1124. Here we go.
- 1125. - I'm ready.
- 1126. So, you know what
we gotta do, right?
- 1127. I do.
- 1128. You gotta drink some stuff
down the wrong pipe
- 1129. and then you go, hah!
- 1130. - Throat lozenges.
- Then you go, hah!
- 1131. So you know what
we gotta do, right?
- 1132. What?
- 1133. There's only one thing
we can do.
- 1134. We gotta call Kirk Cameron,
- 1135. get him involved,
make a movie about it,
- 1136. then we got ourselves
- 1137. You know I love movements.
- 1138. Start beat-boxing on that.
- 1139. It be the movement, improvement
- 1140. They say the new world order
- 1141. flipping in the air
just like a quarter.
- 1142. How's your daughter,
how's your father,
- 1143. how's your sister?
- 1144. Excuse me, mister,
how do you do?
- 1145. You want some coffee?
- 1146. My name is Raphi,
maybe Shames Worthy.
- 1147. Maybe you've heard of me,
maybe it's rapping like this.
- 1148. Swiss Miss, soft as cocoa.
- 1149. You know, no, no,
yes, yes, Wes, Wes,
- 1150. all day, every day,
every which way.
- 1151. Look at what the plants say.
- 1152. I listen to nature,
mother nature, father nature.
- 1153. Your father hates you.
- 1154. Oh, I'm sorry, Dad,
what did I do?
- 1155. You know what you did,
call all your crew,
- 1156. call your friends,
dress up in some baby blue.
- 1157. Come back, write an essay.
- 1158. Tunnel Rats,
that's what they say.
- 1159. Sleigh, sleigh, pray every day.
- 1160. Essential.
- 1161. Monumental.
- 1162. Environmental.
- 1163. Heart... control.
- 1164. They wanna take your soul.
- 1165. They wanna beat Solid Gold.
- 1166. I'm on a roll.
- 1167. They wanna say things
and think about 'em.
- 1168. I doubt 'em, bing!
- 1169. 'Cause you know what it is.
- 1170. Music, Cameron, music,
- 1171. - Kirk, Kirk...
- 1172. - Kirk,
- 1173. - Kirk,
- Kirk Cameron.
- 1174. - It be the, be the...
- Kirk Cameron.
- 1175. - Camfam,
- 1176. Kirk, Kirk Cameron.
- 1177. Kirk, Kirk, it ain't James.
- 1178. - Kirk,
- 1179. Kirk, Kirk Cameron.
- 1180. Movement.
- 1181. We don't stop, baby.
All day, every day.