Sermon Notes

Luke 2:8-18
 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 
18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

If Christmas does nothing else for us it certainly confirms a few things.
Christmas confirms that people like to eat and spend money.
Christmas confirms that we can have joy if we choose to celebrate it.
Christmas confirms that most adults still have some kid left in them.
The really good news of Christmas is found in the Word.
The angel said: I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people… a Savior has been born to you.
The message is to all the people, and it is to you. The Savior has been born for the specific purpose of being the Savior of each one who hears.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The gift of the Savior is God’s special gift to each one of us.
Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
You are the you that the Savior has been born unto.
The angel said: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior …
Very few historians will deny the birth of Christ.
We do not have to understand the timing and location of Christ’s birth.
We know that it happened in accordance with the will of God the Father.
John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
The angel said: for unto you is born … a Savior , which is Christ the Lord.
Christ is the title and Jesus is the name. It is more accurate to say: Christ Jesus than Jesus Christ.
We need to be reminded that the baby in the manger is the Christ, the anointed one of God who has come to save us from our sins.
Christ is infinitely more than the historical Jewish person Jesus. He is the Savior of the world.
Not only is he the Savior he is also the Lord. Not a lord, but the Lord.
As in to the absolute exclusion of any other Lord who would lay claim to our lives including ourselves.
Philippians 2:9-11
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

When we celebrate Christmas we are not merely participating in a memorial, or honoring someone who has gone before us.
We are not participating in a ritual required by our faith, nor are we celebrating goodness and mercy or a saintly person who once lived in ancient Palestine.
Christmas is confirmation that Christ Jesus has been born to be our Savior and our Lord.
Christ was born to you, for you. He was born in the right place at the right time to be our Savior and to be the Lord of all our lives.
Celebrate Jesus. And share the good news with others.