Joy #4

Joy #4

The Joy of the Promise

Luke 2:8-18

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. 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. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 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.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

I Bring You Good Tidings Of Great Joy Which Will Be To All People.

This sentence is the very essence of this entire series

  • God makes promises to individuals in a a very private and intimate way.
  • These promises when fulfilled were intended to bless the whole world.
  • God’s Promises are always personal to us
  • God’s Promises are always bigger than us

No promise in the Christmas story is more intimate nor more surprising than this one.

Everyone else was in line for something amazing

Mary was in the blood line so was Joseph

The Wise men were seekers

Simeon was just and devout

Anna the Prophetess she served God with fasting’s and prayers night and day.

The shepherds were dirty stinky outcasts

They are a picture of us!  This is how we get into the Christmas Story

I Bring You Good Tidings Of Great Joy Which Will Be To All People.

1.  I bring you good tidings

That is the promise

It was brought to the shepherds it was brought to you

John 3:16

The Joy of the Promise is that regular ordinary people like you and me join in these good tidings

Personal story

Randy Kyle

The Shepherds such unlikely participants in this story 

2.  This promise holds great joy 

Please take hold of that for yourself when God gives me a promise it gives me hope and that hope produces joy as I wait for His fulfillment

Imagine their excitement as they made their way to the manger to see the child.

This is the kind of joy we need as we wait for the promises of God to come to pass in our lives.

This great Joy is for regular people just like you and me

Personal Story  

Robert Johns

3.  To all the people

That is us 

That is the stories of grace in this place

Us shepherds, outcasts, 

It is to all people God is not willing that any perish but all come to repentance Metanoia a new perception

Personal story

James Georgeus

God’s promise to you is that good tiding

Gods promise to you is of great Joy 

God’s promise to you is for all the people

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