Sunday, December 11, 2011

Can You Hear the Angels?

Luke 2:8-14
We are a dying race living on a dying planet. All that we see around us will someday vanish without a trace.  Despite our best efforts, there is nothing we can do to save ourselves.  If we are to be saved, salvation must come from somewhere else.  It must come from outside of us.  So God sent His son. 
Incarnation means that God came to earth and shared our humanity.
The incarnation is the presentation of our salvation.  It has the same power as Easter.
The resurrection is no problem for those who believe in the incarnation.

I. Christmas is about When Two Worlds Collide - And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them,

It is impossible to miss the supernatural element in the birth of Jesus.
A great divide in the world comes right here at the point of spiritual awareness and sensitivity.

A Biblical Portrait of Angels:

1.     They are spirit beings, created before mankind.
2.     Angels can appear to human beings in many different forms.
3.     Angels are most often sent as God’s messengers.
4.     Angels are guardians protecting us from harm.
5.     Angels express the glory of God and praise Him. 

II. The Nature of the Supernatural - the glory of the Lord shone around them.

There are some things that can never be proven by logic and reason.  They are beyond them.
The great things by which we really live are not proven by logic, but by life and experience.
When you lose the ability to sense and relate to the spiritual things in life a great part of your life is lost.

III. The Power of Awe - and they were terribly frightened.

It was sung in the highest manner, sung in the highest heaven and sung for the Highest Being.
The String Theory of Physics - the "theory of everything."
Some things in life capture our attention while others capture our amazement or our wonder; but the awe of God captures the soul.

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