THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

DECEMBER 10, 2017

Share and discuss any or all of the following:

  • Share something you like about the Christmas season.
  • What are some of your thoughts about the Christmas story?
  • How did the sermon impact you?  
  • What from the notes stands out to you?
  • What do you want to do differently this Christmas?
  • How should we respond to the revelation?
  • What could help of rejoice in the revelation?
  • How can we share the revelation?

 

Luke 2:1-20  The Christmas Story

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

In These Verses You See:

1) Prophecy-God speaks before He does something-800 years 

   before

          Isaiah 7:14   A virgin will have a Baby 

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

                   Micah 5:2  The Bethlehem birth/Ancestry city to register

2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting. 

         Isaiah 53:3  Closed Door/No room in the inn

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 

   John 1:11  Rejected by men

11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

2) Mystery - Such a strange way to save the world

Peasants? 

Born in a barn? 

Secretive?

Sign - you will find Him laying in a feed trough

Shepherds  the lowest people given the greatest message

   Isaiah 55:8-9

8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways", says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

We have made God like us but His ways are not our ways.  

3) Behold!

Our problem is our sin and God sent a Savior for our heart and not our head.

Angels declared Glory to God

God wants peace and relationship with us

       Isaiah 66:1

Thus says the Lord: Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?

God doesn't need us. He desires us and loves us.

Goodwill toward men. He wants the Best for us.

Is God revealing this to us today? YES! If we believe it

Responsibilities  Look at shepherds:

 ·      Respond to the revelation - No in between

·    Rejoice in the revelation - Great joy!

·    Report the revelation - Shared the good news and told

     everyone 

What about us? Christmas is celebrating Jesus birth.

If Luke 2 is true, we must respond. Celebrate the cure for what ails us and that is Jesus!

Why do we not share?  Because some haven't really experienced Him.

If we have experienced Him, we can't help but share good news and great joy! Don't be hearers only but be doers.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

What good is it to gain the whole world and lose our soul?

Tragedy is NOT to realize and respond and report His gift.