Advent 5: Jesus is Lord

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This sermon explores how we can emulate the shepherds' faith-filled response to the birth of Christ, by hearing, heeding, and honoring God's message. Key


Good morning, beloved. What a blessing it is to gather together in this sacred space, to bask in the light of God's love, and to share in the communion of His Word. Today, we find ourselves standing on the cusp of a grand narrative, a story that is as old as time itself, yet as fresh and as vibrant as the morning sun.

We turn our hearts and minds to the second chapter of Luke, verses 8 through 20, a passage that resonates with the melodious song of angels and the humble adoration of shepherds. It is a passage that encapsulates the essence of our faith - the birth of our Savior, the announcement of His arrival, and the response of those who first heard the good news.

In this beautiful passage, we are invited to hear the heavenly message, to heed the holy announcement, and to honor the humble Messiah. It is a call to action, a call to faith, and a call to worship. But how do we respond? How do we, like the shepherds, respond to the good news of Christ's birth?

The renowned preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, "A good character when established is not easily overthrown and is a kind of heavenly heritage." Indeed, the character of the shepherds, their willingness to listen, to believe, and to act, is a testament to their faith, a faith that we too are called to emulate.

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Word. As we reflect on the story of Christ's birth, may we, like the shepherds, be open to hearing Your message, heeding Your announcement, and honoring Your Son. Guide us in our understanding, strengthen us in our faith, and fill us with Your love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

So, dear friends, let's open our hearts and minds as we delve into this beautiful passage, as we seek to understand the depth of its meaning and the breadth of its impact. May we be like the shepherds, ready to hear, to heed, and to honor. And may we, in doing so, draw ever closer to the heart of God.

Hearing the Heavenly Message

In the stillness of the night, the shepherds were the first to receive the divine proclamation. The angel of the Lord appeared to them, breaking the silence with a message of joy and hope. This was not a message meant for the elite, the powerful, or the influential. It was delivered to ordinary men, doing ordinary work, in the ordinary course of their lives. The shepherds were not scholars or theologians, they were not kings or priests. Yet, they were chosen to hear the heavenly message.

This tells us something profound about the nature of God's communication. He does not reserve His words for a select few. He speaks to all who are willing to listen. The shepherds were open, receptive, and attentive. They were ready to hear the message that the angel brought. They did not dismiss it as a dream or a hallucination, nor did they question its authenticity or its relevance. They accepted it with faith and humility.

The shepherds' readiness to hear is a model for us. In our busy lives, filled with noise and distractions, it is easy to miss the still, small voice of God. We may be too preoccupied with our own thoughts, our own worries, our own ambitions. But the shepherds remind us to pause, to listen, to be open to the unexpected and the extraordinary.

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While the shepherds were out doing their everyday things, they heard an extraordinary message. The angel announced the birth of a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. This was not just good news, it was the best news. It was a message of salvation, a message of hope, a message of peace. It changed the course of history!

The shepherds heard the message, but they did not keep it to themselves. They shared it with others, spreading the good news far and wide. They became the first evangelists, the first witnesses to the birth of Christ. Their words, their testimony, their faith, had a profound impact on those who heard them. The shepherds' willingness to share the heavenly message is a challenge for us. We too are called to be witnesses, to share the good news of Christ with others.

The shepherds' encounter with the angel was a defining moment in their lives. It was a moment of revelation, transformation, and grace. The shepherds' response to the heavenly message is an inspiration for us. We too are called to respond to God's revelation with faith, with humility, with joy. We too are called to be transformed by the power of His word.

Transition. The shepherds' story is our story. It is a story of hearing and responding, of witnessing and sharing, of transformation and grace. It is a story that invites us to listen to the heavenly message, to embrace its truth, to live its promise.

Heeding the Holy Announcement

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