Luke 2:8-12
What's the Big Deal About Christmas?

Luke 2:8-12

(8) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (9) An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (10) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. (11) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (12) This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

1. Christmas occurred because of God’s desire (10)
    a - Embrace us with His love
    b - Encourage us with His peace
    c - Enrich us with His joy
2. Christmas occurred by God’s design (11)
    a - Fulfill the Scriptures
    b - Provide our salvation
    c - Rule as sovereign
3. Christmas occurred through God’s decision (12)
    a - He decided to come as a man
    b - He decided to call out to people