The True Message of Christmas
Sunday Morning, December 19, 2021
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:8–20).
Main Point: The Angels’ message is just as important for us as for the Shepherds, and we must decide how we are going to respond to their good news.
I. The Angels proclaimed the message.
a. The Gospel is good news.
b. The Gospel brings present joy.
c. The Gospel is for all people.
d. The Gospel is about the Savior.
e. The Gospel is about God’s glory.
f. The Gospel brings future peace.
II. The Shepherds responded to the Gospel.
a. The Shepherds heard the message.
b. The Shepherds believed the message.
c. The Shepherds responded to the message.
d. The Shepherds worshipped Christ the Lord.
e. The Shepherds shared the message.
III. How will you respond to the message?
Conclusion: The Gospel is good news for every person because through Christ Jesus we can find salvation and eternal life.