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Summary: Learning from the heralding messages of the Angels to the Shepherds. In this first message of our Christmas series we learn to respond like the shepherds... to pause our normal activity, search out Christ, and come to a place of worship. This series conc

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THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS

Luke 2: 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly 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."

Christmas… hard to believe it’s already upon us.

Hard to believe that today we start advent… four Sundays leading up to Christmas. It’s here, ready or not…

Christmas is an amazing time of year. The largest holiday in all the world… in almost every corner of the globe this is one of the largest celebrations of the year. In fact not only is it a focus one day a year, but at least for an entire month… one-twelfth of the year focused on this monumental day…

But like every year I encounter this moment, I think about our focus… for I know even for me I start to drift… I look at things that need to be done, year-end goals we need to finish up, getting decorations up, Christmas parties to attend, presents to get… and life already at a fast pace consumes me all the more.

Yet Christmas marks more than a holiday for us… a pivotal moment of history.

A moment that marks time itself… BC – Before Christ… AD (Anno Domini that means in the year of the Lord)… every event on our calendar is in reference to that moment… the Birth of Jesus Christ…

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people!”

Our shepherds in today’s reading… doing their everyday things… they receive a herald’s call, and announcement of declaration… the Messiah is coming!

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Hear the introduction… God has found favor upon us!!

Good news of great joy…

Good news for all people…

Good news … a savior has been born…

A moment of heralding…

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people!”

But not just for them… for all people… these simple shepherds could not have known the magnitude of this moment… the domino effect into eternity itself… Billions who were to come all effected by the words from these Angels… this declaration…

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Now something happened for the shepherds in this moment…

15 When 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." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


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