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Christmas

December 25th, 2011 by Vic

Christmas Hope

Luke 2:10

“Good News”

 

Thoughts on being blessed.  Luke 1:41-42, 45;    Matthew 5:3-12Job 42:10, 12a;  Psalms 1:1-6

 

What does Christmas mean in your home this year?  Is it good news?  Are you blessed?  Are you thinking about what you don’t have or what you do have?  There may be an empty chair that was not empty last year.  What does Christmas mean to the unemployed?  What does Christmas mean to the abused?  What does Christmas mean to your neighbor?

 

Shepherds were at the lowest end of the social ladder.  They had very little.  They were not among the influential or best dressed.  They lived in the fields with their animals. They were not respected. They had no power or prestige.  Why would God send angels to them?  Would they understand a message from an angel?  “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”

 

You are not left out.  We are some of the ‘all people’.  The message is for all of us.  If we are in a lonely spot, outstanding in our field, or in a smelly stable we can experience the glory of the Lord and receive the good news.

When God sends His announcement to shepherds He included us.  He was saying to all people, “I have a gift for you.”  “You are very special to Me.”  When the angel came to the shepherds God had us in mind.  When Christ died on the cross to forgive sin He had us in mind.

 

I wonder if there were people in Bethlehem on that night asking, “Anything exciting happen today?” Maybe they were told, “No, nothing much.  Oh, I hear some young woman gave birth to a baby in a stable, but nothing exciting ever happens around here.”

 

Faithful Jews believed a Messiah was coming.  They prayed over and over again, “Let the Messiah come.  Let Him come today!”  They prayed that prayer for hundreds of years.  It had been a traditional prayer for many generations.   They were not expecting God to answer with a baby.

 

The angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy.  Today, a Savior has been born.”

 

ILL. It’s Christmas time, & Lucy comes in where Charlie Brown is standing & says, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.  `Tis the season of peace on earth & good will toward men.  Therefore, I suggest we forget all our differences and love one another.”

Charlie Brown, whose face lights up at this, says, “That’s wonderful, Lucy.  I’m so glad you said that.  But tell me, do we have to love each other only at this season of the year?  Why can’t we love each other all year long?”  Lucy retorts, “What are you, a fanatic or something?”

 

I bring you good news of great Joy.  A Savior has been born from the line of David.  We will call Him Immanuel because He is God with us.  Every day can be a celebration of God’s surprise gift.  Every meal can be a feast of God’s faithfulness.  I bring you good news of great joy.  Jesus, the Gift of God, can transform your life.  You can love one another all year long.

 

 

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