This is designed to be a continuation of the sermon from this past Sunday at Westlake Baptist. I wanted to continue this because I had so many notes and points I wanted to make, but God only had one point to emphasize from the pulpit. So hopefully this will encourage you as we continue to look at the passage of Luke 2:8-20.
By way of review, the one point we extracted from our text on Sunday was that God’s gift was given to everyone (verse 10). That is something that we cannot lose sight of is, is the fact that God intends the Gospel to be shared with everyone and that it is our job as “shepherds” to to and tell all the things we have seen and heard. We are to act as the shepherds did because God has revealed Himself to us and invited us to be a part of His plan, just as He revealed Himself and invited the shepherds to share His plan with the world. So that is a quick synopsis of this past Sunday’s message and today’s point continues along that line.
Today I want us to consider what we are taking to the world. Luke 2:11 says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” The message you and I are taking to the world is that a Savior has been given to us by God and His identity is Christ the Lord. Now that seems so simplistic that those who have been in church for a while may be yawning or rolling their eyes saying “I know this already.” I have no doubt that you do already know it, but the question is, do we appreciate what God did? First we must realize our need. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” So if God gave us a gift, then we must have had a need. God gave us something that we didn’t already have, but that we surely needed, He gave us a Savior. The word Savior in the Greek means deliverer. In other words, what God gave us was designed to deliver us from something. We find out in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Because of Adam’s disobedience we inherited his sin nature, which means we also inherited death as its by-product. Therefore, God’s gift of a Savior came to deliver us from sin (the problem), but also from the results of sin (death). Therefore, we can conclude that since God sent us a Savior that we did not already have a way to be delivered from sin and death. This is confirmed in Scripture in Ephesians 2:8-9 which says, “For by grace (unmerited favor) are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (bold mine): not of works, lest any man should boast.” Within ourselves there was and is no way to be delivered (saved) from sin or death. And so God as a gift to show us grace sent a Savior.
Even though we didn’t realize that we needed this gift, and although the world says that you have within yourself the gift, God knew that we needed this gift and so He supplied it for us. Have you spent any time today thanking God for meeting this need? Have you thanked God that He already knows every need you have, and He has already provided a way for you to get that? In this busy season of Christmas services, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, etc. let’s all make sure we take time to say thank you for a Savior sent from God.
Lord willing tomorrow, we will look at the “shepherds” responsibility once they had been told about the Savior.
By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!