The Blessed King

Luke 2:1-14

 

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 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 wife, who was with child.

6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12 "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!" (NKJ)

Preached at FBC Toulon, IL on December 23, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at toulonbaptist.com

Imagine yourself on the hills of Judah on a cold evening. The sheep have settled down for the night and the other shepherds have finally gone to sleep. But it is your turn to keep watch over the sheep. When all of a sudden the heavens become as daylight and the voices of angels fills the air. They come to announce the birth of a new king. You think new king. Hope he will not be like the old king, Brutal, self seeking, power hungry and totally wicked. Kings of that day were often not too much to the benefit of the people. They often sought only to perpetuate their own selves. Herod the present king had put his wives and his own children to death to maintain his kingdom. And although he had done many good things such as beautifying the temple, yet he had also been unmerciful to those who questioned him.

But this new king, could he be the one foretold of the prophets long ago, you say to yourself. Could this possibly be the king that brings joy to all people.

 

  1. The Angels Announced It
    1. They said that the news they brought was of great joy to all people.
    2. He was the long awaited One.
    3. He was the Hope of Israel
      1. Jer 14:8 O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, why should You be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? (NKJ)
      2. Acts 28:20 "For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." (NKJ)
      3. 1 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, (NKJ)
  2. Joy
    1. Greek words
      1. The word for joy is 5479 chara (khar-ah'); from 5463; cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight: KJV-- gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).
      2. The word for grace is 5485 charis (khar'-ece); from 5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): KJV-- acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
    2. You cannot get the joy without grace.
      1. Grace is rooted in joy and joy is rooted in grace.
      2. Grace involves a set of conditions.
        1. We must see that we need grace.
        2. For as long as we think we are alright
        3. Or as long as we think we can make it on our own, we don't need grace.
      3. Jesus came to be the Savior.
        1. But only those who are lost need a savior.
        2. Jesus said, Matt 18:11 "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (NKJ)
        3. Only those who have no hope seek out the Hope of Israel.
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  4. If it is Great Joy that He bings to the world then let us proclaim Him.  

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com