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Angels We Have Heard On High: The Angels' Song

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On earth, peace to those on whom God's favor rests. The peace of God is not automatic for everyone. Only those who respond to God's grace and follow the path of God's will receive God's peace. It is given to those on whom His favor rests, His children who live every day in service to God.

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Introduction

Lead In

If I said we were going to give away a $50 gas card to everyone sitting in a certain section, what would your response be? Am I sitting in that section?

Biblical Connection

In this story today, the angels to announce the good news of Jesus’s birth to the shepherds. And in the song they sang, they said that through Jesus God was giving a wonderful gift, the gift of peace.
Luke 2:14 NIV
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Body

Observation

To whom is the peace of God given?
The peace of God is not automatic for everyone.
Who are those on whom God’s favor rests?
It’s given to those on whom God’s favor rests.

Jesus comes for all, but not all respond to and benefit from his coming.

How can I be in that group?
The peace of God is “to those on whom His favor rests.”
The peace of God is not automatic for everyone; it’s given to those on whom God’s favor rests.

Questions

Scripture

The peace of God is not automatic for everyone; it’s given to those on whom God’s favor rests.
Who are those on whom God’s favor rests?
Luke 2:8–20 NIV
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 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.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 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. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Those on whom God’s favor rests are the children of God. God’s people have God’s favor.
Parents love to give their children gifts, especially at Christmas...

What does it mean to be a child of God?
A child of God is someone who responds to God’s grace and follows the path of God’s will. A person who belongs to God is someone who lives for God every day.

Those “on whom God’s favor rests” include those whose claim to fame may be nothing more than that they wake up each day and pursue a living in service to God.

Big Idea

Only those who respond to God’s grace and follow the path of God’s will receive God’s peace.

Implication

In 2002, Pat Tillman left a successful football career with the Arizona Cardinals to join the U.S. Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004…
It is for those on whom God’s favor rests. Only those who respond to God’s grace and follow the path of God’s will receive God’s peace.
Tillman was a patriot who put service to his country ahead of his own ambitions in life. He didn’t live for himself, he lived for his country. That’s what it means to be a child of God. You don’t live for yourself, you live for God. A child of God is someone who responds to God’s grace and follows the path of God’s will.
A child of God is someone who responds to God’s grace and follows the path of God’s will.
How do
The first step on that path is receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
John 1:12 NIV
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Conclusion

God is giving the same gift this Christmas that He gave 2,000 years ago. He’s offering His peace to us today.
The song the angels sang is just as true today as it was 2,000 years ago.
Luke 2:14 NIV
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Only those who respond to God’s grace and follow the path of God’s will receive God’s peace.
God is giving peace this Christmas, but not everyone will receive it. Only those who respond to God’s grace and follow the path of God’s will receive God’s peace. The peace of God is given to those on whom His favor rests. And as Darrel Bock wrote:
Only those who respond to God’s grace and follow the path of God’s will receive God’s peace.

Those “on whom God’s favor rests” include those whose claim to fame may be nothing more than that they wake up each day and pursue a living in service to God.

If you make that your goal this Christmas season; if you wake up each day and ask God, “How can I serve You today?”, then you will have peace this Christmas.
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