Summary: 2 of 3. Shepherds were given an official announcement of Jesus’ birth. Jesus’ birth has been publicly announced. BUT... Who will hear God’s Good News? Those who Hear/Discover God’s Good News...
HEARING GOD’s GOOD NEWS-II—Luke 2:8-20
DISCOVERING The GOOD NEWS!
A portion of my testimony—My breaking point(in front of the TV)
Recognition of personal sinfulness despite having previously heard & read God’s truth for years.
There is actual Substance to Christmas even when surrounded by the Worldly traditional trappings.
*All those things that comprise the Christmas season(including New Year’s) are fun & exciting!—& nothing is wrong with that! BUT all those fun & exciting things should be a response to God’s ministry of love to us thru Christ Jesus.
Jesus’ birth is celebrated the world over by Christians because of:
A.)How He came—born of the Spirit, born of a virgin.
B.)Why He came—Our sins condemn us.
C.)What He would accomplish—
i)Deliver us from the penalty of our sins.
ii)Secure our place in heaven.
iii)Give us a new purpose...His purpose.
iv)Empower us to live for Him(moment-by-moment) by His Spirit, rather than by flesh.
Shepherds were given an official announcement of Jesus’ birth.
Jesus’ birth has been publicly announced.
Who will hear God’s Good News?
4 means of Hearing God’s Good News.
Last Sunday, we found that Those who Hear/Discover God’s Good News are those who...
1. Are HUMBLED In GOD’s PRESENCE(:8-9)
2. Are PREPARED for it(:10-11)
3—Those who Hear/Discover God’s Good News...
SEE IT’s POTENTIAL(:13-14)
:13—“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God & saying:”
Upon the angel’s revelation to the shepherds, an innumerable gathering of heavenly angels then appeared before the shepherds.
The whole “multitude” of angels then “praised God.” Their praise(plural) consisted of a particular revelation regarding the birth of Christ the Lord(:14 below).
“Suddenly”—exaifnhv—Adv.—1) Of a sudden, suddenly, unexpectedly. Strong—Of a sudden(unexpectedly). Used 5X.?From—ek/Ex—1) Out of, from, by, away from. Strong—a primary preposition denoting origin(the point whence action or motion proceeds), From, out(of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote).—& the base of—aifnidiov[non apparent]—Unexpected, i.e. Suddenly.
“With”—sun—Preposition—1) With. Strong—a primary preposition denoting union; With or together(but much closer than meta or para), i.e. By association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.
“Multitude”—plhyov—Noun Neuter—1) A multitude—1a) A great number, of men or things, 1b) The whole number, the whole multitude, the assemblage—1b1) The multitude of the people. Strong—A fulness, i.e. A large number, throng, populace.?From—plhyw—To “fill”(literally or figuratively [imbue, influence, supply]); specifically--To fulfill(time).
“Host”—stratia—Noun Fem.—Eng.=‘strategy’—1) An army, band of soldiers; 2) in the NT, The hosts of heaven—2a) Troops of angels, 2b) The heavenly bodies, stars of heaven(so called on account of their number & their order). Strong—feminine of a derivative of stratov(an army; from the base of strwnnumi[to "strew", i.e. spread(as a carpet or couch)]as encamped); Camp-likeness, i.e. An army, i.e. figuratively--The angels, the celestial luminaries. Used 2X.