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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2018 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Christmas

Passage: Luke 2

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: Luke 2:8-20
Date: December 24th, 2018; Christmas Eve
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • In our reading from the Gospel of St. Luke we heard that an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night.
  • The glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds - and they were understandably terrified.
  • But their fear disappeared when the angel of the Lord shared with them this wonderful message, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
  • And what was this good news the angel had to share with the shepherds?
  • That on this day in the City of David - a Saviour, Christ the Lord was born!
  • There has never been better news shared in the history of the world!
  • God fulfilled his promise to save the world, to save you, when a Saviour, Christ the Lord was born!
  • The truth of the matter is that we need a Saviour - desperately.
  • There’s a lot of darkness in this world, in ourselves, in our lives.
  • I dare say that there’s more than enough darkness to go around just among those of us who are gathered here in this church tonight.
  • Some of us daily struggle against disease and pain.
  • Some of us daily struggle against addiction.
  • Some of us are wrestling with financial problems and the stress that goes along with it.
  • Some of us are dealing with conflict in our relationships and we are experiencing the deep pain that comes from being hurt by those you love and the regret of having hurt them. 
  • Some of us are worn and weary from the pressures of the clock and calendar - there just never seems to be enough time. 
  • Some of us wrestle with the burden of guilt and are weighed down with a great big load of shame.
  • Some of us are feeling the darkness of grief because we are missing someone we love so dearly - especially this time of year. 
  • The darkness of our sin has wreaked havoc in our lives and in this world.
  • The darkness of our sin inevitably leads to our death.
  • The truth of the matter is that we need a Saviour - desperately.
  • And it’s for this very reason that the good news shared by the angel to the shepherds on that first Christmas - is the best news we could ever hear!
  • Christ the Saviour is born!
  • Darkness has been overcome by the Light.
  • The prophet Isaiah prophesied that because of Christ Jesus, we who walk in darkness have seen a great light!  We who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on us has light shined! 
  • In Jesus, we have the Light of God’s love, forgiveness, peace, and eternal life.
  • This is exactly why Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary - to save us from the deep darkness of sin and death!
  • Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah - has overcome sin and death as far as the curse is found, in his resurrection.
  • Jesus was born into this world to take upon himself all of our sin, all of the deplorable and shameful things we have thought, said, and done - and in exchange he gives to us the gift of his forgiveness and holiness. 
  • Jesus was born into this world to take upon himself our death on the cross - and in exchange he gives to us the gift of eternal life.
  • This is what Christmas is all about.
  • It’s about God’s love shown to us, his promise of salvation kept, when the Christ child was born in Bethlehem.
  • So this Christmas Eve, the message for you is simple.
  • Jesus was born for you. To live for you.  To die for you.  To give you the gift of forgiveness and life everlasting.  
  • To remove any and all barriers between you and God.  To reconcile you to God.
  • Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
  • Now heaven and nature sing!  
  • Now angels and archangels and all the company of heaven and earth laud and magnify his glorious name, evermore praising him and singing and confessing and teaching and believing that this baby is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Saviour of the world, the Word who has become flesh and dwells among us. 
  • By the gracious working of the Holy Spirit through his Holy Word, we believe that this Jesus lying in a manger is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God - and so believing have life in his name (John 20:31).
  • Dear friends, receive God’s Christmas gift of forgiveness, love, peace, hope, and eternal life - all given to us through his only begotten Son.
  • Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
  • Merry Christmas!  Amen!
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.

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