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Luke 2 v 1 - 20 THE REVELATION OF THE INCARNATION I. THE HEAVENLY CHOIR PREACHED A MESSAGE v.10-14 (Delivered a Message of Peace) 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.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. i.e. Its a:- (a) Message of Peace - "Fear not" - v. 8 & 9 "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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." They were afraid at:- The Presence of God v.9 "lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them" The Power of God v.9 the glory of the Lord shone round about them The Purity of God - v. 9 "they were sore afraid" Habakkuk 1 v. 13 "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?" v. 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." (b) Message of Praise - v. 10 "behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy" Note:- The Joy of the Messenger - "Behold", The Joy in the Message - "good tidings of great joy", The Joy of the Multitude - v.13 & 14 "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Nehemiah 8 v. 10 "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Habakkuk 3 v. 17 & 18 "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (c) Message of Pardon - v. 10 "Which shall be to all people" His Pardon is:- Universal - "all people", unequivocal - "shall be" , unquestionable - "to all people" Mercy there was great and grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me, there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary (d) Message of Purpose - v. 11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (a) A Particular Birth - 2:11 "For unto you is born"

(b) A Personal Birth - 2:11 "unto you"

(c) A Physical Birth - 2:11 "born" (d) A Posted Birth - 2:11 "this day"

(e) A Prophesied Birth - 2:11 "in the city of David"

(f) A Providential Birth - 2:11 "a Saviour"

(g) A Preeminent Birth - 2:11 "which is Christ the Lord"

II. THE HUMBLE SHEPHERDS PREACHED A MESSAGE v.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. (Delivered a Message of Praise) 1. A Message Of Opportunity 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Ill. The shepherds were considered to be social outcasts. Their duties made them unclean and the fact that they were unable to come to the Temple for many weeks at a time prevented them from getting clean. Luke 19:10, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


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