SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 10:30 AM SERVICE
NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK TO VIEW LIVE OR FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE. YOU MAY ALSO WATCH LIVE OR A REPLAY ON DR. SLOOP’S FACEBOOK PAGE.
I. The Preborn Brings Joy
41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”Luke 1:41–47 (NKJV)
46 And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
II. The Angels’ Message Brings Joy
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:Luke 2:8–14 (NKJV)
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
- Shepherds are a representative picture of the joyless existence of the Jews of Jesus’ day. They were constantly worried about so many things: freedom, opportunity, health, status, provision.
- Menial existence – nomadic, earthy, underappreciated, smelly, lower echelon
- They had very little joy. Long days and nights, 24/7 responsibility, defending their sheep
- But then along came an angel…
- The angel addressed:
- their fears
- their lack of celebratory news
- their sad, lackluster, laughless life
- their hopelessness
- their no-glory, uneventful, joyless existence
III. The Star Brings Joy
9 …and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.Matthew 2:9–11 (NKJV)
- The Magi had a great existence, but they looked for someone greater than themselves
- They seemed to have it all together, but one thing was missing. It was the Savior, Jesus Christ
IV. The Resurrection Brings Joy
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”Matthew 28:5–8 (NKJV)
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
V. The Coming of the Lord (Rapture) Brings Joy
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.1 Peter 1:7–9 (NKJV)