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He is Here

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2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.

7 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.

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 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.

We are celebrating this weekend, the birth of our Lord and Savior!
Tomorrow morning …some 2000 years ago, a statement was heard LOUD and CLEAR ...... “HE IS HERE!”
What happened when “HE CAME?”
Human Affair is Interrupted by a Divine Intervention. (Vs 9)
Angel of the Lord appeared to the Shepherd’s
I am grateful that I serve a God who longs to intervene into my life.
3rd recording in Luke
1:11-20 - Zachariah
1:26-38 - Mary
2:9 - Shepherds
Angelic Praise Penetrates the Earthly Realm. (Vs 13-14)
A multitude of heavenly beings
No where else in scripture to I read of a Choir of Angels coming to earth and doing a concert.
What brings about these 2 things?
To Man’s Rules (Vs 2-5)
To God’s Rules
Joseph and Mary
God is still ....
Desiring to intervene into Human Affairs
All he is waiting for is the be asked
Desiring to penetrate the earthly realm with heavenly praise
His glory, praise, and/or power to rain down
I’m am so thankful that I serve a God who desires this.
What happened when “He Came?”
There was a Divine intervention into human affairs.
Heavenly Praise penetrated the earthly realm
This was brought forth by “OBEDIENCE.”
God is still desiring ALL of THIS!
But there is one more thing that took place when “HE CAME” and is still desired and required today ....
(2:20 - And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.)
Would you agree with me that God desires and requires Glory and Praise from his children?
If we all agree that God desires and requires our lives to bring GLORY and PRAISE to him constantly (every second, minute, hour, all the days of our lives), if we agree with then the question for us today is ....... ARE WE?
Whatever you did yesterday .....
..... shopping, cooking, working, driving, watching TV: movies, fellow-shipping, company Christmas party, playing card games.
Did I glorify and praise God in ALL of THIS?
..... what you were thinking, saying, and my motives .....
Did it glorify and bring praise to God?
In reading this story, what took place was .....
intervention by Angelic beings, being brought forth by mans obedience, which lead to Glory and Praise toward God.
But if you think about it today, in the life of a believe, this should be the opposite ....
We Glorify and Praise God through our obedience which causes this intervention of a divine nature into our human affairs.
God inhabits the praises of his people ( Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.)
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
If you are desiring God to intervene into your daily life, allowing Him to guide and direct your life, it starts by Praising and bringing glory to Him.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
For some of us this morning this is natural .... (Praising and glorifying God)
For others this morning this is something you desire and are continually practicing getting better at.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
But for some you might be sitting there today thinking, “When was the last time I praised God/gave him Glory?”
Make it right now!
COMMUNION (Allow the Ushers in the Fireside get ready)
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