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MESSAGES FOR CHRISTMAS

December 21, 2015

Monday

 

The Message of the Shepherds – Luke 2:8-20

 

8 And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.

9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people:

11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and 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 among men in whom he is well pleased.

15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.

17 And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child.

18 And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.

 

EXAMPLE

 

He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest. Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.

– Gregory of Nazianzus

 

LESSON

 

There are so Many things that families do that make Christmas a very special time of the year. OF course, There’s the presents and the Christmas dinner. Christmas caroling is always fun. Perhaps you like Christmas vacation best! With all the excitement I hope all of you won’t forget the message that was given to the shepherds that first Christmas night. The angels said to them, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”. Let me show you something interesting about the message given to the shepherds.

The Bible tells us that the shepherds went to Bethlehem and saw the Christ child for themselves. Then they did something that every Christian should be doing. They spread to others the message that the angel brought to them. The angel’s message now became their message!

Don’t forget the gospel message. You must make it your message to a world that desperately needs the Savior. It’s nice that the world gives us an opportunity to celebrate His birthday, but don’t forget the real message. The world needs the Savior that was proclaimed by the angels on the first Christmas night.

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