12/18/2011 Good News Sinners!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: Luke 2:10-11 (HCSB)

"But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David
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John 3:16 (KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Intro: The Bible story today starts with the birth in Bethlehem, how long the world had waited. Finally the hour had arrived! The angelic message was ringing in the ears of those who were blessed to have heard. All had to go to their home town to be taxed and this is why Mary and Joseph were in route to Bethlehem. And you thought you got a bad deal on a hotel room. The Christ child was to be born in a stable – hey this was God in the flesh there was no spotless, sanitized hospital. And the sounds and smells of the stable, no doctors, no HMO or full coverage from your employer. I said no doctor but there was a doctor who tells this story!

Only God in His divine providence would announce this news to Shepherds, the first to know were humble shepherds. How fitting that the Lamb of God was born in a manger, and it was lamb watcher who first heard the news!

An Ancient Greeting

The Italian architect-believer, Fra Giovanni, wrote in 1513: I salute you. There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give you, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven … No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present. Take peace … The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take joy … And so at this Christmas time I greet you with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away. Application: Fear is replaced with Joy, Go tell!

1. The End of Fear: (v. 10)

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

“Fear not.” Those two good words always in the vocabulary of angels. The shepherds were afraid, but this runs deeper, it started in the beginning of the scriptures, the first evidence of the fall was fear, in Genesis we read: “When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

It seems that fear stalked men through the centuries since the fall. Abraham lying about Sarah because of fear, Jacob afraid of Esau, Moses afraid of Pharaoh and of rejection. Israel afraid to enter the Promised Land.

The end of fear came when Jesus offered an alternative. Jesus would move through the area He traveled dispelling fear! Some of the greatest stories you will ever read or be told are in scripture:

- The disciples and the storm
- Blind Bartimaeus feared he would never see
- Ten lepers feared they would never be with their families
- Mary and Martha feared they would never see Lazarus again

Many of us are familiar with these stories, we were told them in Sunday School and VBS. So what does these truths do for us today? The story of Christ and the characters who bring this to life and the fear that was removed for them. What about us?

We have fears at Christmas, read the paper turn on the TV and listen to the stories About families losing everything, the stock market plummeting, jobs are scarce. Depression running rampant.

Health / Family / World conditions / Economy / Life

Faith is the opposite of fear: saved by faith and kept by faith were taught.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God brought the end of fear! When Christmas day comes and goes this year and the memory trails behind you waiting for another special day or an event that will excite you and make you joyful. Could it be that joy was and is always here because of that star in the sky and that reminder of the child in the manager and your fear could be gone because of it?

1. The End of Fear
2. The Birth of Joy: (v. 10)

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

This wasn’t any ordinary baby, this wasn’t any ordinary boy, and this wasn’t any ordinary man, His death brought the birth of Joy, everlasting peace. “Good tidings of great joy.” This time of the year we sing songs about: Joy to the World the Lord has come. He has come and He has offered us Joy, completeness eternal peace.

Why this joy?

- Because the Savior has been born
- Because the Scripture has been fulfilled
- Because Christ is Lord
- Come to Him and have joy. Trust Him

Philippians 4:4 (KJV) “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4 (NLT) “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”
Always be full of Joy!

1. The End of Fear
2. The Birth of Joy
3. The Beginning of Evangelism: (v. 10) “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

“Which shall be to all people.” We all need the Savior! All are sinners. Romans 3:23 (KJV) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Christ died for all: Romans 5:8 (KJV) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

He is available to all people: ex F.A.I.T.H

Look at the actions of the shepherds: Luke 2:8-17 (KJV)

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

We also are to be going with the good news, with haste. Haste: excessive speed or urgency of action. Hurry.

The Greek pronunciation is: speudō

We cannot afford to sit and soak on the way to heaven.
 
God Meets us where we are. Come to Jesus with your Sins and Fears and be Saved. Tell the Good News to all!

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