Angels are God’s servants to carry out His messages and do God’s errands.
They go between the humans and the divine.
They are spirit beings without any gender but always addressed in masculine gender.
So, one of the Angels of the Lord preached the first gospel sermon.
Praise & worship always has a place along with preaching and prayer.
When Solomon dedicated the first temple in Jerusalem he and the priests praised and worshipped God – then the glory of the Lord appeared. (2 Chronicles 5:11-14)
People witnessed a spectacular display of glory of God at the dedication.
Jesus Christ’s birth had the same supernatural phenomenon with participating angels.
World famous evolutionist, Richard Dawkins says that “a world without religion would be paradise on earth.”
He thinks religion is purely based on supernatural and superstition.
The late Peter Marshall, chaplain of the United States Senate said that “Spiritual reality is a matter of perception, not proof.”
Like that of the fragrance of a bunch of roses, is a matter of perception and experience, not of proof.
It is the same reality in the spiritual realm also.
Angels played an important role in Christmas story.
An angel tells Mary she will give birth to Jesus - An angel tells Joseph not to doubt Mary and to call His name Jesus - An angel warns Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt - An angel tells them when it’s safe to return to Israel.
In our text we see an angel announces the birth of Christ to the shepherds.
Everyone must realize and believe Christ’s birth is absolutely spectacular, supernatural and amazing.
PRELUDE TO ANGEL’S VISITATION (1-8)
It is an important historical event that took place during the days of Caesar Augustus.
Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem to their home town to register for census.
Joseph had to find a place for Mary ASAP as she was about to deliver baby Jesus.
A cattle shed with a manger was the only thing available for the Savior of the world.
Today most people seeing only the tangibles but lost sight of the supernatural in the Christmas story.
SUPERNATURAL ANGEL’S VISITATION (9-12)
The shepherds witnessed the spectacular display of supernatural phenomenon right before their eyes and they were terrified.
What happened with shepherds if it happens to us today we will definitely freak out
What the angels said was no reason for fear but to rejoice for the glorious revelation from God.
Here we see the first Gospel sermon preached by the angel.
Angel’s announcement has character and scope. (10)
The good news is of great joy and happiness – but not fearful news.
What the angel said was not just for the shepherds, but to all people of the world.
The good news belongs to all people irrespective of race, color, class or gender.
Angel’s announcement has substance. (11)
The angel said that Jesus was the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Jesus is "Savior" because He saves humankind from sin.
Messiah or Christ means the anointed One to heal all people from spiritual sickness.
Angel’s announcement has proof. (12)
This angelic supernatural announcement has a proof to verify.
Telling shepherds the exact location and status of the new born Savior.
PRAISE & WORSHIP MAGNIFIED THE VISITATION (13-14)
Multitude of angels joined the first angel to praise and glorify God during this spectacular and supernatural event that ever happened in the human history.
God is to be praised for giving us such a wonderful Savior.
Peace comes to each one when we receive the greatest gift of salvation through Jesus.
We should remember that the angels played an amazing role in Christ’s birth.
Let us focus on the wonder of the event – spectacular display of supernatural phenomenon.
Let us join in chorus with the angelic hosts praising and glorifying God and experiencing the birth of the Savior – a supernatural event which has no parallel in world history.