Summary: The greatest even in history happened 2011 Decembers ago with the birth of Jesus Christ. Have you wondered about that exceptional night in Bethlehem? When Heaven and nature sang out, when God showed up in the flesh, when the temporal and eternal came toge
Sermon: 2011 Decembers Ago
Thesis: The greatest even in history happened 2011 Decembers ago with the birth of Jesus Christ. Have you wondered about that exceptional night in Bethlehem? When Heaven and nature sang out, when God showed up in the flesh, when the temporal and eternal came together, when heaven and earth collided, when God’s plan came together through an act of love in the form of a baby who would deliver the world from sin and death.
Question: Have you experienced that night yourself?
To Us a Child Is Born
1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan—
2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
3You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
4For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
5Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
T.S. – Throughout history there was an eager expectation for the coming Savior of the world. The Jewish nation was crying out for Him to come – praying that the Messiah would show up and deliver them and when He did – they did not recognize Him as a nation. Very few gave Him the honor and the praise that was due Him. But Heaven celebrated and God’s plan was set in motion to redeem mankind from the fall in the Garden of Eden.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.