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The Celebration of Christmas (2 of 3)
Series: Christmas in Real Life
• One of my most favorite Christian Christmas Songs is entitled, "Come on ring those bells." One of the reasons that I love it so much is that it focuses on the "Celebration" of the Christ Child. The second verse goes like this, "Celebrations come because of something good, celebrations we love to recall. Mary had a baby boy in Bethlehem, the greatest celebration of them all." Today, I want us to think about that celebration. Let's begin with the account by Dr. Luke found in Luke 2. (Read Text)
• Verse 20 gives us the appropriate climax to this story, "The shepherds returned", that means they went back to the fields and the sheep. They were 'glorifying and praising God,' they understood this was a divine event. They were seeing something God had planned. But the best part is that everything had happened just like God said. I can only imagine their emotional outburst at all they had seen and heard. Jesus' coming is exciting and deserves to be celebrated. Celebrate like Luke describes!
1. Sing Like the Angels -In the months preceding and around the birth of Jesus there was a flurry of angelic activity. In my divine imagination it seems that the closer His birth came, the more excitement was expressed among the angels. God was using them to announce the greatest event in history! It all culminated the night Jesus was born as they burst on the scene in the darkness to shepherds on the hillside. They announced and they sang! What a great combination! This should be our example.
a. Let us sing because we have someone to sing about. - The angels told the great and long awaited news that the savior, messiah, and Lord is here. What a great message to a people who had been looking for the promised one! He was HERE, on scene!! The angels were telling about the one who was spoken of as far back as Genesis and repeated by the prophets. Jesus, God's promi ...
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