It’s hard to converse with people who mumble or whisper. There are two parts to a conversation: Speaking and listening. When we are having a conversation with God, listening is more important than speaking. Psalm 85:8 says, “I will listen to God the Lord. He has ordered peace for those who worship Him.” The nation of […]
Central Theme: Christmas is a time for big events and big changes.
Introduction–I have to admit that at Christmas I go a little crazy. I save all year and spend all December. I blame my parents. They worked all year preparing for Christmas for us. Sewing cooking and repairing, painting old bikes. The majesty of God’s gift cannot be matched but I try every year. READ Luke 2:6-16.
I. Pretend that you are a shepherd.
A. They were minding their business but God had planned a little surprise for them…before the foundations of the earth. (vs 8)
1. What we can’t imagine is that God has exquisitely exciting surprises for our lives.
2. Last year as I was fretting about the number of hours I spend working on costumes. I said to the Lord, “No one’s life has ever been changed by a costume I’ve made.” Within a few minutes, a young woman who was a neighbor stopped to say, “I never told you but you made a costume for me and it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. I’ve always loved you for that.”
B. We fear the glory of the Lord getting too close (vs. 9).
1. Songwriter Michael Card’s speaks of the “friend that we most fear.”
a. we hide our faces from him–he can see us.
b. we hide our hearts from him–he can change us.
II. God comes again and again to assure us of his goodwill for us (vs. 10-12)
A. He never comes in the expected ways/expected times.
1. Remember the times God spoke to you–unexpected, unprepared.
B. Angels filled the heavens the night he was born; but only a few shepherds saw it (vs. 13-14).
1. Would Disney put on an expensive, extravagant light show for a few middle-class herdsmen?
2. Would you pour out your life in a place where no one will see–on one will know?
III. Whatever he does, His purpose is to entice us come to Jesus (vs 15).
A. However, Jesus is not what you expect.
1. Wherever our executive director preaches, people say, “That sermon was one of the best I ever heard. You know, you could what you do for real people.” We often chuckle and ask, “Then why aren’t you rich and famous?”
2. However, there is not a mentally challenged person in Duval, Indian River or Brevard or Volusia County who doesn’t know him and all of them love him.
Conclusion–Going crazy at Christmas should be expected. After all, God went a bit crazy with joy at the birth of Jesus. Several angelic appearances. An old couple unexpectedly has a baby they name John. A host of angels. A new star. Yet, not embracing the Living Lord any time is a horror.