Who Needs Christmas?  Week 4 – Rusty Hutson – December 17, 2017

The First Noel – an announcement of Birth!

The Announcement Sent a Crucial Message

Luke 2:8-12And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 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.”

The Messiah has come, and the message came to shepherds – the dirty, ragtag, outcasts who had been marginalized by Jewish society. If there was anyone who needed a message of hope on that night it was the shepherds.

John 3:16-17 – In Love, God sent his son, not to condemn but to save

I choose you. I want you.

The Announcement was a Shocker

Luke 2:13-14 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Terrified response –> maybe we need the shock of an angel choice to shake us from the worldly things of this season.

Jeremiah 33:3 – ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

The Announcement led to Belief

Luke 2:15-18 – 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, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Who needs Christmas? Those who want to be known by God.

What an opportunity, privilege, and responsibility Christians have to announce the birth of our savior to a world who desperately needs to know the love of God and the truth of the gospel.