Sermon:
THE OLD MANíS CHRISTMAS STORY
Luke 2:8-20
Randy Bataanon


The seven years old boy asks his grandfather to tell him his most exiting story before he can go to sleep. The old man stare him for a few seconds and then opened his mouth. Alright grandson, Iím going to tell you my most exiting personal story more than 70 years ago in field of Bethlehem. I was only teenager then and we are all shepherds watching our flocks in the fields nearby when suddenly an angel appeared in the midst of us. The presence of angel enlightened the whole vicinity and all of us became so afraid. Wow. That is exciting grandpa!, the boy exclaimed. Tell me more about it. What happened? Did you feel scared? Did you run? What the angel looks s like?

The Old man continued. We were really terrified, but then, the angel said ďDo not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.Ē

The boyís eyes sparkled in excitement and ask the old man. You mean a hero of Israel has born. I guess he could be a son of the king and live in a big palace or mansion. Did you ask the angel where you can find the new born hero of Israel?

The angel actually told us where we can find him. The angel said: This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. In a manger? Ask the little boy. I thought he is son of the king. How could it be that he is lying in an animal manger? is there any choir present on the manger grandpa?

Yes there was a choir. But itís quite different. Itís actually extra ordinary. I rememberedÖ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

But grandpa, how did this personal experience become your most exiting story? Because my grandson, this is the first time in my life as a shepherd that I feel so honored and privileged to hear the most wonderful proclamation that even the kings of this world has been denied; the proclamation of good news about the birth of the Savior.

THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRISTMAS
LUKE 2:8-20

What could be the benefits of Christ birth into this world? The proclamation of good news by angels gave us the summary.

1. The birth of Christ fades away all fears (v10 ďAngel said to them, Do not be afraidĒ)
There are many reasons why the angel admonished the shepherds by saying, Do not be afraid. First, it is just natural for the shepherd to feel terrified when they saw the glory of the angels. The shepherd understand that angels are superior being and they are but an ordinary shepherd considered by many as third class citizen. But Aside from that, the angel probably means that all your present fear will be dissolves by the good news that they will eventually proclaim.

The shepherds have many fears; it could be the bears of the field or lawless bandits. They also fear