Topics: joy, Advent
I. The moment welcomes joy
* The people who walk in darkness will see a great light (Isaiah 9:2a).
- In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid" (Luke 2:8-10a).
- FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real!
II. The message proclaims joy
* Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10b).
- But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger" (Luke 2:10-12).
- Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit (Psalm 51:12).
III. The Messiah embodies joy
* In Your presence is fullness of joy . . . pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11).
- So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them (Luke 2:16?20).
- "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full" (John 15:11).
- The disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52).
Advent Sermon by Pastor Rod Akins December 13th, 2020