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Christmas as the Angels Saw It by Colin Smith

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Introduction: * 1 Timothy 3:16 is one of the earliest Christmas carols.

  • Consider the Christmas story through the eyes of the angels.
  • As the pinnacle of heavenly creation, angels are present when heaven and earth meet.
  • The Gospels give us seven answers to what the angels saw.

1. The angels saw Christ in heaven. * The pre-existent Christ brought the angels into being.

  • Isaiah 6:1–3

2. The angels saw Christ in the manger.

3. The angels saw Christ in the desert. * Jesus was tempted at every point as we are, yet was without sin.

  • Angels ministered to him after his exhausting struggle.
  • Illustration: John Henry Newman's poem on Christ's temptation.

4. The angels saw Christ in the garden. * An angel appeared to strengthen him in the agony of Gethsemane.

5. The angels saw Christ on the cross. * Matthew 26:53

6. The angels saw Christ at the Resurrection. * Matthew 28:2

7. The angels will see Christ at the Second Coming. * Revelation 5:11

We are to tell the nations what the angels have seen.

Conclusion: * We should share the angels' sense of awe in worship.

  • Because of Christ we will be exalted with Christ and above the angels.
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