“THE JOURNEY OF THE ANGELS” Luke 2:8-15
INTRO – Since first Sunday in Dec., we’ve been on a journey, a journey to Christmas.
- The Journey Foretold – 700 yrs before Christ was born, Isaiah prophesied about Him.
- The Journey of Faith – Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said.”
- The Journey to Bethlehem – The actual journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem really happened, & led to the greatest event in history.
- Today, the journey of the angels
- Next week, the journey continues – What do WE need to do TODAY in light of the coming of Christ?
Today, let’s talk about the journey of the angels.
The Angels Appeared – v. 8-9 –
- Didn’t just “happen” to appear
- Didn’t just stumble on the scene
- Didn’t just decide for themselves that they would head down to earth & hang out w/ some shepherds
They were sent by God. Always are sent by God.
- Under His command
- Under His control
They have wills of their own, but are subject to the will of God. Here are some of their God-given activities & responsibilities:
They praise God (Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3). They worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13). They rejoice in what God does (Job 38:6-7). They serve God (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9). They appear before God (Job 1:6; 2:1). They are instruments of God’s judgments (Revelation 7:1; 8:2). They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10). They aid in winning people to Christ (Acts 8:26; 10:3). They observe Christian order, work, and suffering (1 Corinthians 4:9; 11:10; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12). They encourage in times of danger (Acts 27:23-24). They care for the righteous at the time of death (Luke 16:22). (https://www.gotquestions.org/angels-Bible.html)
And on this night, it was God’s will that they go down to these shepherds outside of Bethlehem & appear to them.
The Angels Announced – v. 10-12 – The Greek word for “angel” means “messenger.” And what a message they announced to these shepherds & to the world on this night!
One person said, “Christmas is a delightful disruption of the way things normally go.” Ray Pritchard said this in a sermon on this passage: “One moment you’re tending the sheep in the middle of the night, the next you’re being scared out of your wits by an angelic choir. I don’t know how delightful that is, but it’s definitely a disruption.” (http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/1997-12-21-Christmas-Joy/)
What an incredible announcement the angels made that night! “A Savior” has come! What does a Savior do?
- He Sees
- He Saves
- He Secures
That’s what Jesus, our Savior, has done for you & me!
- He sees us in our sin & in our desperation. He knows we are lost & that we cannot save ourselves. He knows that, if we die in this condition, we will be condemned forever & spend eternity in hell, forever separated from God.
- He saves us when we call out to Him in faith. John 3:16. Acts 16:31 – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ & you shall be saved.”
- He secures us FOREVER! We are His FOREVER! We become a child of God & we are a child of God FOREVER! We become His possession FOREVER! Eternal life is life FOREVER!
The Angels Adored – v. 13-14 – So let’s join in w/ these angels & adore this One who had come, this one who has saved us, this One who has secured us, this One who is Immanuel, God with us today! He’s worthy to be worshiped & adored!
Join me in adoring Him right now:
“O, come let us adore Him…”
“For He alone is worthy…”
“We’ll give Him all the glory…”
Come to Jesus today! The angels appeared to announce Him & adore Him. He came to “seek & to save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10). And He will save YOU today!