“HARK THE HERALD ANGEL SING!”

Luke 2:8-20
 
Have YOUR Song Book open!
 
Can you imagine how the Shepherds felt that night? One moment they were sleepily watching their flock verse 8, and the next, they were confronted by “The Angel of the Lord.” Little wonder, they were, “sore afraid.” But, the Angel calmed their fears and announced the wonderful news of that long-awaited Messiah. Verses 10-12.
 
In our text, the Angels constitute a “host” not just a Choir.
 
I. LOOK AT THE FIRST STANZA OF THE SONG:
 
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
 
The angels were present at the disobedience of Adam and Eve. God withdrew His fellowship from man, but finally the penalty has now been paid.
 
II. AND MAN WAS NOW RECONCILED WITH GOD:
 
2 Corinthians 5:20-21, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
 
III. LOOK AT THE 2ND STANZA OF THE SONG:
 
Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgins womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity! Please as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel.
 
The entire Gospel message runs contrary to the human mind:

“HAPPY IS THAT PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD” PART 2.

Read Psalm 144:1-15
 
Ten rules for happier living:
 
1. Give something away no strings attached.
 
2. Do a kindness for someone and forget it.
 
3. Spend a few minutes with the aged (their experience is a priceless guidance).
 
4. Look intently into the face of a baby and marvel.
 
5. Laugh often (it’s life’s lubricant)
 
6. Give thanks (a thousand times a day is not enough)
 
7. Pray (or you will lose the way).
 
8. Work (with spirit and vigor).
 
9. Plan as though you’ll live forever (because you will).
 
10. Live as though you’ll die tomorrow (because you will on some tomorrow. Author unknown
 
One thing we know for certain, HAPPY IS THAT PEOPLE, WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD!

“HAPPY IS THAT PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD!”

Psalm 144:1-15.
This Psalm was written by David after one of the deliverances from King Saul, or possibly after the time of the Absalom rebellion. This was the only time David’s people rebelled against him. David realized he needed two things from God: strength and skill.
The psalm also looks prophetically at a time when the children of Israel will suffer during the Tribulation.
Verse 1, if we think that we can do without the protection of God, we will become as many other nations that tried and ended in ruin. Including even now in our own nation.
Verse 2, I am thankful for our powerful military, but even more thankful that God is our Protector, Fortress and High Tower, Deliverer and Shield.
Verse 4, two things man is like: vanity and a shadow that passes away.
Verse 7, Water is figurative of people. Revelation 17:15.
Verse 8, two sins of men in general: spreading vanity and falsehood.
Verse 9, David makes two vows to God: I will sing and I will praise.
Verses 12-4, seven reasons are given for deliverance:
Verse 15, gives the eighth that constitute happiness: (seven given in verses 12-14), “whose God is the Lord” is the eighth.
Then look at the 14 that are given in Psalm 146:5-10.

“JESUS IS GREATER THAN SATAN AND ANGELS.

“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” In 1 John 4:4,  John warns them to test the spirits.Jesus rebuked Satan in the wilderness, when he tried to tempt Him to worship him.

Jesus said, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve”in Matthew 4:1-10.

Hebrew 1:4, “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

Read the entire chapter if time, also chapter 2 and 3.

AND LAST, JESUS IS BETTER THAN THEM ALL.

“My Father …is greater than all..I and my Father are one.”

Jesus is greater than Moses, Kings, Princes, Sheiks, Presidents, Premiers; Jesus is greater than all these. Is Jesus great to you?

“JESUS IS GREATER THAN ANY TEMPLE AND SOLOMON!”

Matthew 12:1-8, look at verse 6.

\Solomon prayed at the dedication of the Temple: 2 Chronicles 6:18, “But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!”

Isaiah 66:1-2, “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

Luke 11:31, “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”

Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

“JESUS IS GREATER THAN JONAH” PART 2.

Read Matthew 11:1-15.
 
The greatest insight of the book is that God desires to show mercy and grace to all the peoples of the world. No one nation or group can claim exclusive rights to His love. The task of the nation of Israel was to preach this message about God’s universal love to all the world Genesis 12:1-3. But they forgot this missionary purpose and eventually claimed God and His blessings as theirs alone. The Book of Jonah cries out against this narrow-minded interpretation of God and His purpose. In the last verse of the book, God makes it plain to Jonah that His mercy and compassion is as wide as the world itself: “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and also much livestock?” 4:11.
 
Some Bible readers insist on interpreting this book as an allegory or a parable. But these approaches ignore Jesus’ own literal interpretation of Jonah. In speaking of His death and resurrection, Jesus declared, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” Matthew 12:40; (also Luke 11:29-32). Thus, the Book of Jonah is much more than a fish story. It is a beautiful account of God’s grace that lifts our sights to the greatest love story of all-the death of His Son Jesus Christ for the sins of the world.
 
Joe nuh (a dove) the prophet who was first swallowed by a great fish before he obeyed God’s command to preach repentance to the Assyrian city of Nineveh. Jonah was not always a reluctant spokesman for the Lord. He is apparently the same prophet who predicted the remarkable expansion of Israel’s territory during the reign of Jeroboam II (ruled about 793-753 B. C.; 2 Kings 14:25). This passage indicates that Jonah, the son of Amittai, was from Gath Hepher, a town in Zebulun in the northern kingdom of Israel.

“THEREE PIILARS OF THANKSGIVING!”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FAMILY AND ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS.
Colossians 1:3-8
This is a power-packed passage that covers the great pillars of the Christian life: Faith, love and hope. It not only gives the source of our faith, love and hope, but also the foundation, which is The Word of God.
These great pillars are good reason to give thanks to God over the Thanksgiving season. These pillars are so great that they stirred Paul to thank God that they exist in the Colossian Christians. Think of it: these pillars are the very things that hold our Christian life together.
The Colossian church could not exist without these pillars, and neither can we. Paul gives thanks to the only living and true God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, because there is no God except the Father of our Lord. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is exactly who He claimed to be.
I. WE THANK GOD FOR THE GREAT PILLAR OF FAITH.
Faith and love are the two basic qualities of life for true Christians.
A. It is not the energy of faith in self.
B. It is not the envy of faith in others.
But it is only in the Person of Christ.
II. WE THANK GOD FOR THE PILLAR OF LOVE.
This is not speaking of the natural love that people have for each other, but this is the pillar of love that Christians have for each other. Why is this love so much greater than the natural love? Two good reasons:
This love is based upon the love of Jesus Christ – the greatest of love, and is seen in His sacrificial death for the sinner. As we give our lives to follow Christ and His love, we should also be willing to sacrifice ourselves for others.
This love is stirred by The Holy Spirit, and is a supernatural love, which means the Holy Spirit stirs us to love others as Jesus loved us. This is the reason we ought to love all people, as Christ loved them.
The same Holy Spirit indwells and gives us a bond with all others that are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit.
III. WE GIVE THANKS FOR THE PILLAR OF HOPE.
The first two great pillars of faith and love have one great basis, hope. Hope is the reason we first surrender to Christ:
A. The hope we have of being raised from the dead and being given a new glorious body just like Christ.
B. The hope of His coming again.
These THREE GREAT PILLARS give us reason
for a real THANKSGIVING.