Summary: angels teach us a lot about Christmas
Intro: some bible studies are very deep–Cain in the land of Nod, Matthew 24-what is 70 A.D. what is end times, and what is the ministry of angels. Today, we will definitely see one of the ministries of angels in the Christmas story. Before cable television, before cell phones, before lap tops, to get a really big message out took word of mouth. But God had one advantage over word of mouth, Angelic visitation. So for the big event that we celebrate as Christmas, he sent angels as his P.R. representatives to the world.
Christmas-An Angelic Announcement
background: it is so important that God revealed his great news to ordinary people. If Christmas is anything, it is a message that God cares about ordinary, average, every day people like you and me. Not just to the elite, not just to the upper crust of society. The angelic message isn’t deep theology, but practical information about why we should celebrate Christmas.
I. Good News-in a nutshell Christmas is good news. In a world that is constantly giving bad news, bad reports, we get good news on Christmas.
Good News–Satan is trying to destroy you, but Jesus has come to destroy the works of the Devil.
Good News– what you can’t do for yourself, Jesus has come to do for you, He is born a Saviour.
Good News–more powerful than Rome, more powerful than the Satanic host, this like child in Bethlehem is born king, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is king.
II. Great Joy–you don’t have to be sad or discouraged, Christmas is a time of great joy.
Great Joy–death is going to lose it’s sting, the grave is going to lose it’s victory.
Great Joy–for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son-that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Great Joy–he will turned your mourning into laughter, your sorrow into joy. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory. The joy of the Lord will be my strength.
III. For All People–to shepherds, to fisherman, to tax collectors, to sinners, Jesus has come for you. He has come to save your soul, he has come to make you whole. To give a new life, to let us be born again.
If Jesus couldn’t save everyone he wouldn’t be a Saviour. If he couldn’t wash away every sin, if he didn’t touch everyone, then Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas. But Jesus has come to save the soul, make us whole.
Red and yellow, black and white they are precious in his sight
IV. For Unto You is born a Saviour–even though he came to save the entire world, he has come unto you. Your personal saviour, your personal friend. A friend that sticks closer than a brother, a friend who loves at all times.
He wants to save your soul, he wants to wash away your sins, and live in your heart.
Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. He left the glory of heaven to be a high priest that can be touched by our problems, our needs.
V. Christ the Lord– the Messiah that you have been looking for is here. Christ–Son of David, Son of God. The anointed one, the holy one of Israel. All honor, glory, power and praise unto His name.
Lord–not just your Saviour, but your Lord. Lord of all, Lord of everything. We must love him with all our heart, strength, soul, everything that is within us, praise the Lord.
Mary did you know your baby boy would someday rule the nations. What Child is this? Every good and perfect gift comes from above.
Close: Christmas is good news of great joy to all people. It is good news for you, your Saviour is born, Christ the Lord.
Get all excited go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is King.
Christmas is a time of giving, and the greatest gift you can give is your heart. Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him--