Summary: Christmas the IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. Of all the important announcements that were ever made this was it. This was the most important announcement since the fall of Adam and Eve. I have heard announcements all my life. However, the only announcement tha
Luke 2:8) "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night."
(Luke 2:9) "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid."
(Luke 2:10) "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
(Luke 2:11) "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
(Luke 2:12) "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
(Luke 2:13) "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,"
(Luke 2:14) "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
(Luke 2:15) "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."
(Luke 2:16) "And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."
(Luke 2:17) "And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
Of all the important announcements that were ever made this was it. This was the most important announcement since the fall of Adam and Eve. I have heard announcements all my life. However, the only announcement that will ever be made to come close to this one in Luke is the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the trumpet will blow. However, we could never have a second coming if it were not for the first coming. Most churchgoers dread announcements. Announcements are considered dull, but not this announcement. In this out line sermon we list why and to whom it is important.
I. First of all it was important to you. Why? It Was Personal." It was for you and me.
A. The shepherds were surprised at what they saw and heard. They did not expect to hear such songs or see such sights
1. Most unsaved when they hear God love them are surprised
2. They never expected that anyone could love them like God. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
B. We are surprised that shepherds were chosen to receive this greatest of all announcements.
C. The heavenly choir sang for the shepherds showing that God is not respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
D. We may never know why they were chosen, but the fact that they were chosen is a comfort to all of us.
E. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. God often chooses humble things for grand purposes, and ordinary people to do extraordinary deeds. (1 Cor 1:26) "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:"