Summary: We rejoice in a God who blesses us.
STOP, AND TAKE IT ALL IN
Luke 2:19 (15-20)
Th: We have reason to rejoice!
Pr: WE REJOICE IN A GOD WHO BLESSES US.
?: What? What did Mary think about?
TS: We will find in our study four incidents that would cause Mary to mull over her blessings.
The _____ incident was the…
RMBC 22 Dec 02 AM
ILL Notebook: Christmas (sure beats shopping)
It was a few days before Christmas on the Oregon coast. Two men whose families lived next door opted to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. An unexpected storm surprised the weekend sailors. Before long, the sea became angry, and the two had a difficult time keeping the sailboat under control. While heading toward the harbor, the craft hit a sandbar and grounded. Both men jumped overboard into the icy water and began to push and shove in an attempt to get the sailboat into deeper water. Knee-deep in mud and repeatedly bounced against the hull by the unfriendly waves, the one said enthusiastically to the other, “Sure beats Christmas shopping, doesn’t it?”
Well, I’m not a big fan of shopping, but…
Do you like to shop?
And most of you are done, right?
Because, knowing how this church has a reputation of being an on-time church, and that we always get things done ahead of time, I am sure that, as individuals, you already have all your gift shopping done.
Well, hopefully you have it done…
For now is the time to concentrate on the reason we gather this time of the year.
I think we all recognize that…
It is easy to lose perspective during Christmas.
In fact, it is a frustration to keep ourselves pointed in the right direction.
But this has been our goal this month…
During this advent season, our theme has been…
1. We have reason to rejoice.
We do have reason.
We have good news to celebrate.
1.1 We rejoice in a God who answers.
A few weeks ago, we considered the story of Zechariah.
God answered his old prayers of having a son.
And God answered the prayers he offered in the temple, asking for God’s intervention with the Messiah.
Zechariah discovered that God does hear and does answer, for He is the on-time, in-time and right-time God.
1.2 We rejoice in a God who surprises.
Two weeks ago, we studied Mary’s response to the angel’s announcement.
The angel told her that she was going to become pregnant without the aid of a man.
To say the least, this was surprising news.
But though this news was unexpected, Mary discovered that God’s surprises are worth having and living.
Last week, we examined the proposition…
1.3 We rejoice in a God who brings peace.
We examined the angels’ announcement to the shepherds.
The shepherds were privileged to be the first to hear the news that the Messiah had come.
And they learned that it was the Messiah’s purpose to establish peace between God and mankind.
This includes us.
So it is something we are to rejoice in.
Today, we give consideration to Mary’s response to all that has happened to her in a nine month span.