Sounds of the Season (Part 4) God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen (Luke 2:1-11)
Theme: Nothing can steal our Joy thanks to Jesus
Introduction: The title of this carol (because of where the comma is placed) really means something like “Gentlemen, may God keep you all joyful.” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” reminds us that nothing should steal our joy because we know that God sent his Son to be born as a child who would save us from Satan’s power.
It then recounts the Christmas story and finds its biblical basis in Luke’s gospel chapter two with angels appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of Christ and telling them to search for the Savior who would “vanquish all the friends of Satan” (that means all the sin and bad guys). The carol ends by calling us to sing praises to the Lord and to embrace each other “with true love and brotherhood,” This carol calls us to remember that the true meaning of Christmas outshines all other and brings us lasting comfort and joy. For the next few minutes, I want us to look at the scenes of this passage to see what Christmas is really all about.
Conclusion: From a throne to a trough to a cross – Christ came at Christmas so that by believing on Him as our one and only savior, we could pass from the bondage of sin, to freedom and from death and separation from God to life in and unity with Him.
What do we call this? Paul said, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Cor 9:15)
This my friend is what Christmas and this carol are all about!
Due to technical difficulties the sermon was not recorded on December 24, 2018
Sounds of the Season (Part 3) Joy to the World (Psalms 98 & Luke 2:10, 11)
Theme: Wherever there is sin, God will fix it in Jesus
Introduction: Some of our favorite Christmas carols aren’t actually carols at all–they’re hymns! One of those hymns is “Joy to the World,” Written by Isaac Watts as a paraphrase of Psalm 98, about “The Messiah’s coming and kingdom.” Psalm 98 is all about singing a new song to God, who promised to “judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity.” Ultimately, God fulfilled that promise by sending a king unlike any other king, who would save people from their sin and sadness— that king is King Jesus! So when we celebrate Christmas, we’re celebrating when God kept his promise with the birth of Christ Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “Joy to the World” tell us to sing. We sing about being there in the moment of Jesus’ birth. And the announcing that the King that God promised is coming. We sing that we should prepare our hearts for Him and that because Jesus is king the whole creation should sing. This new king brings joy because He will remove sin and sorrow, and then He will let his blessings flow like a river “Far as the curse is found.”
Although this is a great hymn to sing year round, it’s also a great one to sing at Christmas because it reminds us of the joy that Christians should have as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, His victory over sin and His coming again!
This hymn finds it basis in the 98th psalm which tells us…
Conclusion: “Joy to the World” is a great hymn to sing year round, it’s also a great one to sing at Christmas
Because in singing this great hymn, it reminds us of the joy that Christians should have as we celebrate the birth of our Savior; celebrate His victory over Satan, sin and death and Celebrate that we are ready for His coming again!
Due to technical difficulties the sermon was not recorded on December 23, 2018
Sounds of the Season Part 2 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Luke 2:8-13
Theme: Who is that new born the angels sang about?
Introduction: For an occasion as important as the birth of Jesus, one song just isn’t enough! The news of Jesus birth is one of the greatest events in the saga of God’s eternal plan! Charles Wesley–who wrote almost 9,000 hymns, wrote his own song about Jesus’ birth. “Hark the Herold Angels Sing” starts by calling us to listen to the angel’s message about Jesus’ birth. But, it goes on to say who Jesus is, and to marvel at the mystery of God being born as a tiny little baby. The hymn’s final stanza sings about the work of Christ as the second Adam, which erases the image of Adam (representing sinful man) and stamps us with the image of Christ. Singing this hymn not only celebrates Jesus’ birth, it also reminds us of the larger picture of what He did with his life, and through His death, resurrection and ascension. This Carol finds its biblical foundation in (Luke’s gospel 2:11) As we examine this carol, we must ask; who is this one the angels were announcing? While the angel does not use His earthly name, as he did when he announced His birth to Joseph (Mt. 1;21). He does identify the baby born that night by His heavenly titles and purpose.
Conclusion: Charles Wesley’s Christmas carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing starts with a message the angels shared .But, it goes on to say who Jesus is, marvels at the mystery of God being born as a tiny little baby. Then the final stanza goes on to sing of the work of Christ as Savior. And singing this hymn not only celebrates Jesus’ birth, it also reminds us of the larger picture of what He did with his life, death, resurrection and ascension. And this brings us to the question: Are we worshiping Jesus this Christmas and all year long as our personal Savior, Messiah, and Lord? I pray you are. And if you are; you are sharing this good news with as many others as you can!
Due to technical difficulties the sermon was not recorded on December 9, 2018
Sounds of the Season Part 1 Angels we Have Heard on High Luke 2:8-18
Theme: The savior God promised has come for all!
Introduction: It would be hard to imagine a world without Christmas, especially one without our favorite carols. However, it’s easy to recognize that not everyone celebrates Christmas for the same reason. So, we should be thankful, that we have Christmas carols to remind us why we celebrate and to help us praise God for keeping his promise to send a Savior to all people. This is the same Savior whom we celebrate today and His name is Jesus! He is the reason for the Christmas season! Over the next several weeks, I want us to examine the stories and meanings behind four of the world’s most loved Christmas carols! I pray as we look into “The Sounds of the Season” this will not only give each carol new and deeper meaning to us as we sing them…But, also keep us focused on sharing the reason for the season, which is the celebration of Jesus coming as our Savior! (Our first carol is…The French carol known today as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and it is completely anonymous (we don’t know who wrote it). This carol finds its biblical basis in Luke’s gospel (Specifically -2:14) This beautiful carol tells the story of Christ’s birth, when the angels told the good news to nearby shepherds on that first Christmas night…
Conclusion: When we think about God’s amazing gift of a Savior to mankind on that night,
- We should glorify and praise God like the angels did!
- And, whether in spoken word or in song, we should spread the word just as the shepherds did on that incredible night after they had seen the newborn King.
And through our words and actions, we can show that Jesus still lives in the hearts of man. So, this Christmas season, and all through the coming year, let’s continue the angel’s message. And let’s tell the world all about Jesus, the Savior who has come and how like those shepherds, He’s changed our lives forever.
Due to technical difficulties the sermon was not recorded on December 2, 2018