by Ernest Easley

God's Special Messenger
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 1:26-38
December 23, 2007

As you are turning to Luke 1 .... the Christmas Celebration began this year here at Roswell Street Baptist Church on Sunday night .. December 2nd with the hanging of the green. And what a special night that was for all of us.

You will not want to miss our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. where we're going to be thinking about Christmas Traditions. Bring your family as we help usher in the celebration of Christmas Day.

Now look with me to Luke 1. You probably know that Luke 2 is the record of what is called the Christmas story. But without the events of Luke 1 .. there would have never been a Christmas story. So in our time together ... I want us to back up to chapter 1 where we read about an angel dispatched from heaven with a special message to Mary that she was going to be the Mother of the Messiah.

I can see that angel .. having received Mary's response ascending back to Heaven gathering all the other angels around him. I can see that angelic choir gathering as well. And then Gabriel announcing, "I have some wonderful news! Mary has accepted! You have nine months to rehearse."

And that angelic choir .. perhaps led by Angel Joe .. began to rehearse and on that night they began to sing, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will to men."

Let's begin reading in Luke 1.26 as we consider ...
God's Special Messenger
Luke 1.26-38
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, "D ...

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