Summary: There are so many sounds and voices that bombard us during the thanksgiving and Christmas season. We need to make time to hear the voice of Christmas over the noise of daily life.
Intro: There are so many things we hear at this time of year. Good sayings like “Merry Christmas,” Good songs like “Silent Night,” “I’m Dreaming of a white Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Jesus is born today,” Then you come across the not so good sayings, “Jerk,” “That was my parking place,”
The sounds of silver bells, Christmas carols, jolly folks, honking horns, yelling store shoppers, selfish children and adults. It makes you want to echo with
Charlie Brown, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
We are going to look at Mary and Joseph and see how the Lord spoke to them and that he desires us to listen to his voice especially in this busy crazy noisy season.
Luke 1:26-38 (Read)
The Son of God did not come to establish a nostalgic, family-oriented, commercially successful holiday. He came to rescue us from our rebellion and slavery to sin.
Mary’s life is interrupted by the voice of God’s messenger. This message that she would bear God’s child would bring a total disruption to her life. She had to know that life would be different. Life was no longer business as usual. She had heard the voice of God and everything was changing. Simeon even tells Mary that the joy she has in the soon coming baby will become pain for her. Luke 2:35 He was prophetically pointing to the death of Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-25 (Read)
Joseph was trying to do the right thing. He thought that his betrothed (fiancé) Mary had conceived out of wedlock. The scripture tells us that because he was a righteous man he was going to secretly divorce her. What we discover is that God spoke to Joseph and told him the divine plan. Just like Mary Joseph obeyed God’s voice.
God does not promise ease, comfort or simplicity in life. Daniel obeyed God and wound up in a lion’s den, Joseph obeyed God and ended up in a pit and a prison. God’s plan is not a roadmap it is a relationship. Do we have things that seem to be more important than hearing God’s voice?
I. What keeps us from hearing the voice of God?
A) Busyness (Psalm 4:4)
It is well known that a piano can go out of tune by hard use. The constant striking of the strings may loosen them & they need to be adjusted if they are to continue producing harmonious sounds. The same is true with our daily tasks. If we continue to go about our days constantly being struck by item after item, problem after problem, pressure after pressure, we will become like a piano with loose strings that have a hollow disharmonious sound.
Psalm 46:10 “be still and know that I am God.”
The message says it this way, “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
Sometimes we face trouble because we are disobedient and sometimes we face trouble because of our obedience like Mary and Joseph. What we must learn is to get out of the traffic of life for a rest stop with the Lord!
Deer camp to get ready for, black Friday gotta get my game plan together, meals to cook, meetings to make. I have to do them because they are important.
Religion can be routine Christianity. This is where we go about our day, read our devotional books say a brief prayer yet never encounter the amazing life changing person and work of Jesus! A relationship with Jesus was never meant to be routine. Yes there should be disciplines and holy habits that form. Think about a relationship with your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend etc that is just routine. It is dray and absent of life. You find yourself just going through the motions. No energy or joy just routine. Religion does not equal tradition. When we speak the gospel we are following the tradition of the apostles. When we worship how we tell the gospel that is a dangerous tradition. Rituals and routine are boring. The revelation of God in Jesus is amazing, gloriously beautiful, exciting, terrifying and downright good. If worship and serving God is boring to you I challenge you to ask God for a fresh glimpse of His glory before you come to corporate worship again.
II. What is Jesus trying to say to us?
No one can do this for you. You can learn what others have learned about God through devotional books which I encourage. Before you pick up a devotional book pick up your Bible. God desires for you to draw near. Open a book of the Bible and ask God to speak to you. The Holy Spirit reveals all truth.