LUKE 1:39-45 DECEMBER 22,2002

LUKE 1:39-45
39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
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Dearest Redeemed and Fellow-Saints in the Lord:
During this Christmas season you and I get to hear all kinds of music, carols and hymns. We hear them so often and so much that it can be hard to pick out a favorite one. They are all beautiful in expressing coming closer to our Savior. Today, on our last Sunday in Advent, we realize it is a very short time before we celebrate Christmas itself and the birth of Christ the Lord. One of those Christmas carols is called ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ As we look at the verses, it starts by saying, ‘Do you see what I see?’ Then it goes on to say, ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ and ‘Do you know what I know?’ Of course, the answer is yes to all of those. The last verse says, ‘Then listen to what the Lord has to say.’ Today the Lord invites us to come near and listen to what He has to say. In Ecclesiastes we’re told, "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong"(ECCLESIASTES 5:1). May the Lord work in us willing hearts and hearing ears, that we come near to listen. We ask ourselves in this season, ‘Do you hear what I hear?’

I. God’s joyful promises
II. God’s voice of blessing

I. God’s joyful promises
When we look at our text, we realize that is what Mary heard, that is what Elizabeth heard, God’s voice of joyful promises. We didn’t read all of chapter 1, but if you go back before the angel came to Mary, you would find the angel appearing to Zechariah. An angel appeared to Zechariah to tell him that he, Zechariah, would have a son (he and Elizabeth). After that, the angel went to Mary and Joseph. They were both excited for different reasons, both amazed for different reasons. Zechariah and Elizabeth were elderly and childless. They were beyond the normal range for bearing children. The angel said, ‘And you will give birth to a son and he will prepare the way for the Messiah.’ Then today we heard how the angel Gabriel came to Mary. Of course, she was amazed because she was not married.
Yet this news was more than just an earthly kind of news, an earthly blessing. It was something that would excite both of them, realizing that
Darlene Shackelford
December 9, 2006
i really enjoyed this sermon we must hear the word that God is telling us