Advent: Open Season

Christmas is a warm, sentimental, cozy time of year, while this passage is the complete opposite: the shepherds keeping watch are utterly afraid when the angel of God appears.

When the glory of the Lord came upon them, they feared with a great fear. We all live in fear, of something or someone. Christmas can become the end of all fear for you, if you will fear God more than you fear rejection, failure or disapproval.

Christmas means God sees your pain; He feels your suffering; He wants to come near. It’s open season to find God if we will come to Him in Jesus. Fear not, for behold the newborn King. 

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Message title: Tidings of Chaos & Joy
Week 3 of Advent
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 12/22/13

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Scripture: Luke 2:1-20

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the firstregistration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is calledBethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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. 10 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. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 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.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned,glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


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