Summary: Can you imagine the glorious praise that happened in Heaven the night Jesus was born? Luke's Gospel recounts it for us and shows us that we must GO and TELL everyone that we meet! (Ref: Luke 2:1-15)
2010 Christmas Series (Dec 19, 2010)
Sermon 4 – Sheppard and Angels' Rejoicing
- Obvious question: “What is Advent?”
- The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival."
- Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.
- Over the past few weeks we have examined several very important topics:
- The joy of Mary’s heart and soul as she worshipped what God was doing in her
- The prophecy surrounding John the Baptist’s birth; focus on Zechariah
- Last week we explored the prophecy of Jesus’ birth being foretold
- IMP: Mary’s response: Luke 1:38, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
-- The importance to note is that OUR response must be the same
-- When God calls us to move, we need to be obedient and move
- This morning, we continue our Advent series with the Announcement of His birth
Stand and read Luke 2:1:15 / Pray
Point 1 – The Angels Appear to the Lowest (v8-10)
- I want to stress here the importance of this entire sequence of events
- Last week we discussed Mary’s lineage from the Tribe of Judah
-- Psalm 132:11 “The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.”
-- Matt 1:11-12 says Joseph, was from David, but an descended from Jechonias
- IMP: Thus, the lineage of the perfect birth was from Mary’s side of the family
-- Keeping those in mind, let’s proceed with the text from this morning
- Joseph was living in Nazareth at the time, with a pregnant wife but was originally from Bethlehem, thus he took his family to complete the census.
- On Wednesday we talked a bit about God’s Word NEVER getting old …
- But, what was the prophecy of where Jesus will be born?
-- In about 750 B.C, a prophet named Micah proclaimed in Ch. 5 vs. 2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
- Did you know that God used Caesar to fulfill His prophecy?
- In the same way, He uses us (when we obey – Luke 1:38) to do His work also
- APP: When God’s prophecies are fulfilled right before your eyes, how can you NOT get a little excited! How can it not make you want to GO and TELL?
- So in a manger, in a place where animals ate, our Lord was laid to rest
- In my mind I imagine that the animals were in awe, praising His arrival
-- And … why not? Why would they not be rejoicing?
- APP: Jesus taught in Luke 19:40 about worship in the presence of the Messiah – he said (when the Pharisees asked Him to silence the disciples), “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
-- DEEPER: So, what about us? Will we shout for joy that He has been born?
-- Will we rejoice with the angels and PROCLAIM the GLORY given to us?
- Notice, that the announcement of His arrival was not on CNN, Fox, MSNBC
- God sent an angel to proclaim to societies lowest … men living in fields!
- Re-read verse 8-10 (BOLDLY AND WITH MUCH EMPHASIS)
- These men, who lived amongst the animals in the fields, got the breaking news
- They are the first to hear the Gospel preached from Heaven, much like many of us may have heard and some may be hearing it for the first time
- These men tending the animals, probably very cold from the elements, maybe hopeless and without a future, are given the greatest news that has ever been given
- And what are they told in response? “DO NOT BE AFRAID!!”
- APP: Church, if God’s angels told them to not be afraid, how can we afraid?
- If God’s angles would tell shepherds in a field DO NOT BE AFRAID …
- (LOOK UP AT ME): How can we be ashamed, afraid, worried, or anything about proclaiming the Gospel to a lost world around us?
- TRANS: Look at the impact of this GLORIOUS announcement that was made
Point 2 – A Glorious Announcement (v11-15)
Re-Read verse 11-14 (WITH EMPHASIS)
- As the angel is proclaiming that the Savior has been born, look what happens … Suddenly, out of nowhere … ALL OF HEAVEN JOINS IN!!