Luke 2:7-15: Joy (12/16/2012)

Luke 2:7–15 (ESV)

7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

This good news of great joy can still be found today if we give to God the illusions of our aspirations for the person of His expectations, Christ the Lord.

  • Finding the illusion of our aspirations and giving them to God.
    • Takes prayer, faith, work and humility.
    • Creates a void.
  • Finding the person of His expectations and giving Him a home.
    • Takes prayer, faith, work and humility.
    • Fills the void.

?… Where are my aspirations in relation to the aspirations of Jesus?   (Aspiration: A hope or ambition of achieving something.  The object of such an ambition; a goal.)

?…How am I actively acknowledging his presence in my life? (Time in the word, worship, prayer, community, church)


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