Do Not Be Afraid, I Bring You Good News Of Great Joy

Pastor Craig Moore   12/13/2013

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

The shepherds were searching for a Savior and this is what the angels declared to them.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." - Luke 2:10-12

These common shepherds got a personal invitation from angels.  So much of the Christmas story is quite odd, different from how we might have done it, had we been in charge of introducing God's son to the world.  I dare say, we wouldn't have chosen a teenager to give birth to him in a dirty stinking barn, nor would we have announced the greatest event in history to farm hands out in a field. We could imagine much more grandeur than that.  

So why was Jesus birth announced to common shepherds?  I believe God wanted everyone to understand that Jesus had come to be like most all of us, quite common.  After the invitation the shepherds say, let's go and see this thing that has happened.  What do we learn from the shepherds? 

  1. God came for all - the common person - the sinful person. 
  2. You can come as you are - "Come and see this thing that's happened".  Come and experience it for yourself.  Credentials not required!

The Wise Men came seeking a King:  They got no personal invitation, but they were smart, they figured it out.  They see a star and it guides them to Jesus.  They were aware of the prophecies about the messiah and it was revealed to them that this star was declaring the messiah's birth. So they came seeking a king, with gifts in tow of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.  They came to worship him. 

The message of the wise men is this: 

  1. Jesus deserves our worship. He is God!
  2. God is asking you to let Jesus be King in your life.  Let Jesus sit on the throne of your life.  Let him direct you in everything you do. 

King Herod Sought a Rival:

Herod was the King of Judea and the wise men who cam searching Jesus stopped to ask directions (very wise).  When Herod heard this he told them to send him word when they had found Jesus, so that he also might go and worship him.  Herod was not interested in worshiping the king he wanted to knock of a potential rival. Herod represents the deceiver, the Devil.  He would stop at nothing to eliminate this rival. He ordered all the male children to be killed who were 2 years old and younger.  This was one bad dude! 

What we learn from Herod:

  1. Satan will do his everything he can to eliminate Jesus from your life. 
  2. He is a great deceiver and we must stay close to God so that when he speaks we recognize his voice.  "My sheep now my voice" John 10:4
  3. In all of our lives there is a RIVAL:  There is part of us that wants to let God be on the throne of our lives, and another part of us that wants to dethrone God and do whatever we feel like.  The war between the flesh and the Spirit. You and I decide who wins that war. 

So the question is who are you searching for?   If you are searching to have full control of your own life and not let anyone else tell you what to do.  You are being deceived into thinking you are King, when in actuality you have allowed the Devil to sit on the throne of your life and you are listening to his lies. 

If you are searching for a savior, as the shepherds were, you are searching for Jesus.  Our only hope of heaven is through Jesus. Our only hope for true peace & joy is through Jesus.  But he wants to be more than a Savior to you.  He wants to be King in your life.  

This Christmas don't spend all your time in stores searching for gifts to give to others. Make sure to spend some time searching for Jesus, who is the reason for the season. If you are listening, you may hear him speaking right now!

God Bless Your Socks Off!

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