IntroductionWhat does the term "good news" mean? I hope it is not a surprise to you that it means “gospel.” To be more specific the Gospel is the “good news of Jesus Christ.” Some may ask, “How is the message about Jesus the good news?” The lesson tells us through the response of several individuals. We will discover anew the privilege of God’s children In Declaring the Good News.
A. Declare the Good News through . . Preparation. 2:8-9
D. Declare the Good News through . . Praise. 2:13-14
2. The . . Witness In Declaring the Good News. Lk. 2:8-14
A. The Witness through . . Searching. 2:15-16
15 When the angels
had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
"Let's go straight to
Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 They hurried off and found both
Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough.
B. The Witness through . . Sharing.
17 After seeing [them] , they reported the message they were told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed
at what the shepherds said to them.
We find a witness in the
searching and sharing of shepherds. The shepherds followed the bidding
of the angel; searching for, and finding, the Christ Child. Did you expect
them to share the news they now know first hand? I think you will say,
yes! Have you made a personal discovery concerning the birth of the Christ
in your own life? Then share the good news to all you know.
3. The . . Wonderment In Declaring the Good News. Lk. 2:19-20
A. The Wonderment In . . Treasuring the Good News. 2:19
19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
B. The Wonderment In . . Telling the Good News. 2:20
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.
I see two areas of wonderment
in declaring the gospel. There is wonderment in the treasuring, and telling,
of the good
news. Mary treasured the things said by the shepherds. I treasure good things said about my children and grandchildren.
I also share much about them. Mary obviously shared her treasured experiences. The shepherds returned telling the
experiences as they discovered everything “just as they had been told.” Did you notice that significant phrase?
4. The . . Watchfulness In Declaring the Good News. Lk. 2:19-20
A. The Watchfulness In . . Fasting and Prayer. 2:36-37
36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having
lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple
complex, serving God night and day with fastings and prayers.
B. The Watchfulness In . . Formulation
of Praise. 2:38
38 At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to
the redemption of Jerusalem.
In my opinion Anna is one
of the three “wise women” of Christmas. God rewarded Anna’s watchfulness
as she fasted and prayed. This lady gave a real example of dedication.
How long did she serve in the Temple? None of us know for sure. She had
the status of “prophetess,” living in quarters at the Temple, and formulated
praise for God’s redemption to all who would listen. I do not think this
confuses our stand about women’s ordination. We have many great ladies
in our churches that do not want nor will they seek ordination. Ladies
such as Beth More seem content to be Declaring the Good News. Amen?