Recent events, including September 11, have shattered thinking, as we watched the twin towers crumble. Symbols of America’s strength crumbled to earth.
In a post modern kind of world, where absolutes have been challenged, and uncertainty on just about every level of life, national, foreign, locally with layoffs, and even violence in the very home land of our Lord, we need not be afraid, for He has come.
That night, an angel appeared to some shepherds who were watching their flocks. Listen to what the Angel said.
A. Do not be afraid: Why? Well, in verse 9 it says that they were out watching their flocks, when suddenly, the angel appeared.
B. That can be a little unsettling, especially during that day and age.
The other day, while returning from making a hospital call, I approached two vehicles. One was moving into a turning lane, but hadn’t moved all the way over, and the other began to stop just past there to make a left hand turn. It was early, and I was watching the car moving into the lane, and didn’t see the other vehicle stopped. I quickly reacted stepping on my breaks. It startled me, even though I wasn’t even close to the other vehicle. But for the next few moments, my heart raced as I made my way to the office.
C. I bring good news of great joy for all people. We’ll get to this in just a moment. But the Angel also said, today. The time has come. God was keeping his promise.
Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
Or as another translation says, “In the fullness of time…” This didn’t just happen by coincidence. This wasn’t just the luck of the draw, and congratulations, you’re the lucky winner to receive a savior today. Please come to Bethlehem to collect your prize.
No, not at all. This was the very time in history, [and that’s another whole sermon], that God wanted to send his Son. From the time Adam and Eve sinned in the garden to this day, this was the appointed time.
So we need not fear, because in God’s timing, He sent his Son.
D. The scripture also says that Jesus was born.
Here he was:
The eternal one, caught in a moment of time.
The Omnipresence corralled in a cave manger.
The Omnipotent cradled in a helpless infant who could not even raise His head from the straw.
The Omniscience confined in a baby who would not say a word.
The Christ who created the heavens and the earth cradled in a manger in a cave stable.
For when God would draw near to a cold, cruel, sinful, suffering humanity, he placed a baby in a manger in Bethlehem.
II. Because He Came, We Can Have Joy. Why?
A. Verse 10: I bring you “good news.”
Now don’t we all like to get good news.
1. You got that promotion
2. You’re going to have a baby
3. The loan was approved.
Where do you go, to look for your good news?
1. Morning newspaper.
2. Cup of coffee
3. A good friend
4. God’s Word.
We Can’t See What Is Before us, We are Never Content
In a Peanuts comic strip Lucy is speaking with Linus at the base of a hill. She says, "Someday I’m going over that hill and find the answer to my dreams.... Someday I’m going over that hill and find hope and fulfillment. I think, for me, all the answers to life lie beyond these clouds and over the grassy slopes of that hill!"