Part 4-The Manger


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Part 4: The Manger

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“Away in a Manger”

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Luke 2:8-20 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.

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They were terrified,  but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

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Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven,     and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

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 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

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They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.  

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All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,  but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.  The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

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Nazareth Netzer – branch or shoot – “out of stump of Jesse will come a shoot” which will usher in God’s kingdom Spring there – “living water” “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

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Bethlehem Town of 500-1000 Joseph’s hometown – “no room in the kataluma” There because of a census – unexpected journey – 10 day walk from Nazareth Name means “House of Bread” Prophecy from Micah

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Mary Most likely 13 years old Angel Gabriel appears to her “God had entered into human flesh-incarnation – Emmanuel- “God with us”

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Joseph Would seem to be a relatively minor character Not a lot is known, so traditions grew around him. Catholic and Orthodox traditions say he was an old man (one source says he was 93 at the time of the marriage) Protestant traditions say he was a young man (probably 15-17 yrs old) “Tekton” – carpenter or stonemason

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Shepherds These were the “night-shift” shepherds – “lowest of the low” They were given the news first David was “the shepherd king” God identifies Himself as a shepherd to His people Jesus often used shepherd imagery to to describe himself and his ministry

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Angels Not at the birth Probably not the winged cherubs with halos Most often in the Bible, angels appear as regular people “You may be entertaining angels unaware”

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Manger Feeding Trough – where animals were fed In Bethlehem – “the house of bread” Later, Jesus would identify himself as the “Bread of Life”

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,     for the Lord has anointed me     to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted     and to proclaim that captives will be released     and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn     that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, . . . Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” - Isaiah 61:1-2, 9

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…we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.

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God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, The Message

Summary: Dec 24, 2017 - Pine Island UMC - Bokeelia, Florida

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