Title: The Wonder of Christmas
Theme: To bring us back to remembrance what the Wonder of Christmas really is
Text: Luke 2:8-18
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Shepherding was a despised profession. Mostly because they rarely attended service. The job they had took up so much time.
Yet Jesus came to the despised and the rejected. These are the very people who needed Him more. More than the religious. More than the righteous. He came to the sick. They were the ones who needed a doctor.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord (Shekinah glory, “always symbolizes God’s presence, What Moses saw on Mt. Sinai (Ex 24:16) What Isaiah saw? (Is 6:1-3)
(Isa 6:1-7) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."
MSG 5 I said, "Doom! It’s Doomsday! I’m as good as dead! Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted-- blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate. And here I’ve looked God in the face! The King! GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies!"
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged."
shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
All around them was the glory of the Lord. What was their reaction? “They were afraid”. Just like Moses, just like Jacob (Dream, wrestling) Just like John on Patmos.
I believe that we lose the Wonder of Christmas in all our business. It has become so commercialized that we lose the essence of what Christmas is all about.
We don’t wonder any more.
10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
“Don’t be afraid”
Isn’t this the first message of Christmas. When we know Jesus we have no fear.
“good tidings” – Good News – The Gospel is the “Good News” Tell the World.
“great joy” – gladness, excitement. More than happiness. An inside change.
11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“City of David” also known as the House of Bread. Now to be known as the birth place of the Messiah – Christ the Lord.
Savior – “deliver”
What “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people”? Or you could ask how?