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December 25, 2016 - Look in the Manger - Luke 2:1-20

posted Jan 5, 2017, 5:53 PM by Grant Garber
  • God made us in such a way that we need Him.
  • Sharing gives meaning to your life. Without God to be near us, with us, actually caring and involved in our lives, our lives become pointless.
  • When our first parents, Adam and Eve fell into sin and broke the perfect relationship they had with God, God suddenly disappeared.
  • People, like us, try to fill the void and loneliness for God with god-like substitutes that can keep us from feeling the ache to not be alone.
  • The shepherds from the Christmas story felt that loneliness more acutely than we realize.
  • If a holy God or even His holy angels show up to be with us in the brokenness of our sin, we feel a bit like bugs or rats that want to scurry out of view when you turn on the light.
  • God realizes this. His solution to our plea, “Where are you, God?” is the good news the angels wanted to share with those lonely shepherds. “You aren’t alone!”
  • God is with us. Not in an abstract way or empty way. He has become one of us.
  • God with us is a big deal. He comes to walk in our shoes and take on our brokenness and sin. Jesus came to suffer for the whole world’s sin, to suffer total isolation from God the Father and through His death on the cross restore us to God, so that we can ultimately be with Him in heaven.
  • “People are not meant to be alone.” God loved us enough to invite us with the shepherds to look in the manger and see, He is with us!
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 2:1-20