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The Gift Worth Sharing
By Pastor John

Luke 2:1-20
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

A Message Worth Proclaiming
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Good News (Gospel - euaggelizo (yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo)) of Great (Greek = mega) Joy that will be for all the people.

The message - Luke 2:11 "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

A Message Worth Checking Out
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

A Gift and a Message Worth Sharing
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

The shepherds were as ordinary as you could get.  Not trained speakers or evangelists. But they had to share the Good News.

Why this is a Gift and a Message Worth Sharing?
We are commanded to share the Good News.
Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.""
   
But the Shepherds didn't "Spread the Word" because they were commanded to.

We Can't Help Ourselves
This is why the shepherds shared the "Gospel of Mega Joy."  When we've found something really good, we want to share it with others.

This is the best Gift and Message that could ever be shared.

Emmanuel - God with Us

Sharing the Good News is a matter of Eternal Life and Death
I John 5:11-13
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.


Check out the other messages in this series
The Gift Worth Waiting For
The Gift Worth Understanding
The Gift Worth Everything
The Gift Worth Sharing


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