(This is Part 1 of my preaching on Week 3 of The Promise Fulfilled at Victory Davao.)
Who among you are ready for Christmas? It’s only a few days to go before Christmas Day, but even before December 25, I’m sure a lot of you are already enjoying this season through parties and gatherings. Who among you have attended at least 3 Christmas parties or dinners this year?
The singles recently had a Christmas gathering here in our center, and we had an amazing time. The single men and women of Victory Davao gathered to celebrate Christmas together, and at the same time, we were able to collect donations in cash and in kind for our chosen beneficiary.
About The Preaching Series
Christmas is really a wonderful time to celebrate, and that’s why we’re going through this series “The Promise Fulfilled”. Our goal is that by reflecting through songs that point to Jesus, we will celebrate Him as the reason of this Christmas season resulting in gratitude, worship, and a deeper walk with God.
In short, this series is all about songs, and who among you agree that songs are part of celebrating Christmas?
I recently did a survey on Facebook, asking people to name one Christmas song that they will definitely hear this month. There were dozens of responses, and I’d like to cite a few of them:
“Born is the King” by Hillsong
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
“Sana Ngayong Pasko” by Ariel Rivera
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
“Christmas In Our Hearts” by Jose Mari Chan
Some of these songs are great, but other Christmas songs are missing out on the real meaning of Christmas. That’s why we need to learn about songs in the Bible that point to Jesus.
If you remember Week 1, we talked about Magnificat or Mary’s Song, where we learned that we can celebrate God’s greatness. And then in Week 2, we learned about Benedictus or Zechariah’s Song, which talked about God’s promises that can fill our infinitely deep needs.
So today, we’re going to continue with Week 3 of our series, and we will talk about Gloria, the Angel’s Song.
Word for Today (Luke 2:8-14)
Our word for today is found in Luke chapter 2, and we will be reading from verse 8 to verse 14.
(8) And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
(9) And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
(10) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
(12) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
(13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
(14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Let me give you a brief background on what these verses are all about. If you were here last month, our series during that time was “Remember This”, wherein we studied the book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament. We learned about God’s reminder to the people about His love and His promises for them.
Let’s go back to the last few verses of the last book of the Old Testament. In Malachi 4:5-6, it says there:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.
The reason why we’re recalling the last series is because after the time of the prophet Malachi, God did not reveal Himself to the people for 400 years. God was silent for 400 years.
Imagine this with me: If people gave birth to their children at age 20, 400 years is roughly 20 generations of silence from God. While it’s possible that the succeeding generations still know the stories in the Old Testament, the hope for God’s promises to be fulfilled was probably fading away.
I’m sure some of the people back then were already feeling apathetic – with no interest, enthusiasm, or concern for God’s promise.
It’s the same with us. If you are a follower of Christ, you may have come to a point when you felt like God has been silent for too long, and God is not responding to your prayers. And because of the length of time that you had to wait for the answers, you may have shown a lack of interest, a lack of enthusiasm, a lack of concern for God’s answers.
Or maybe you’re here today, listening to this preaching, and you haven’t experienced a personal relationship with God yet. And so you may be thinking, “maybe this message isn’t for me,” or “I’m not worthy to listen to this Word,” or “I’m here in church because it’s Christmas, and usually people go to church during the Christmas season.”
Whoever you are, and wherever you are in your faith, let me tell you this: I believe God is prepared to reveal Himself to you today. Are you ready to encounter God today?
(Watch out for Part 2.)