Title of Message: Road to Redemption
Speaker: Tyrone Jones
Text: Luke 2:10-20 NKJV
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [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, goodwill[b] toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made [c]widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Road to Redemption
1. Redemption can shock you! The shepherds were startled by the angelic visitation.
a. Presence of God can startle you!
b. Move of God can shock you!
2. Redemption requires seeking after Him! The shepherds had to respond to the visitation and go to the place the angels told them to go.
a. Must get on the road to seek after Jesus!
b. We often seek after everything else, but Jesus
i. We can seek for the “perfect job”
ii. We can seek for the right “boo/mate”
iii. We can seek for the right home, right car
iv. We can even seek for the right retirement plan
v. But can we use the same energy/effort to seek after Him?
c. There has to be some effort on my part to know Jesus.
d. We want CONVENIENCE! We live in a society that is all about convenience and we can treat our relationship with God the same way.
i. We want a Microwave and Amazon Prime religion.
ii. Can’t operate that way with God!
e. If you seek redemption, you will find it!
f. The shepherds had to make a decision to seek after Jesus or remain in the fields? The same is true for us, will we seek after Jesus, or stay where we are.
iii. If we stay, we will be limited to just HEARING about Jesus
iv. If we seek after Him, we then SEE and EXPERIENCE Jesus!
g. Redemption is not automatic, it requires effort on our part!
h. God will give us crumbs on this journey.
i. It is up to us to follow the crumbs!
ii. He gives us more when we seek after Him!
3. Redemption is SIMPLE– not elaborate. (verses 11 & 12)
a. Shepherds given simple instructions: A child has been born in the city of David (which is called Bethlehem). This child is not just any child, but the baby is CHRIST the Lord.
b. Baby wrapped in simple clothing.
c. No room at the inn for Mary & Joseph! (Mary & Joseph had to make due with what they had)
g. Baby lying in a simple crib called a Manger! It wasn't the most ideal place for a king according to our standards. Manger is an open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from!
i. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [d]manger.”
h. Manger is simple, nothing fancy, extravagant, or elaborate. Manger symbolizes the humility of God!
i. Manger contained hay that was soft, the box was probably high off the ground, probably had sides tall enough to keep her child safely inside.
j. God could have had Jesus enter the world through different means, but He chose a stable and had the baby laid in a manger. He didn't chose the palace or the temple, but instead He chose a stable with stinky animals.
k. Baby Jesus came in simplicity reminding us that redemption really is not that complicated!
i. You don’t need to have a special status or be special according to society’s standards to experience redemption.
ii. As a matter of fact, when we have that “special perspective” we miss redemption
4. Redemption satisfies you!
a. Manger may seem like an accident, but it wasn’t!
b. God had a plan even in having His son laid in the manger!
c. Animals (horses, cattle) go to the manger for natural food.
d. Jesus laying in a manger symbolized our ability to go to Him for spiritual food.
e. Jesus has an infinite storehouse of nourishment available for those who are looking to be redeemed!
f. We can come to Jesus at any time and never go hungry!
g. Jesus feeds us with His Word, His life, His teachings!
i. Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name O Lord God of hosts.
ii. Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.
h. Jesus wants us to feast on Him.
i. We must chew on His words, digest it and make it part of who we are!
j. Jesus’ Word is like no other food! It has power to save our souls!
i. James 1:21 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and [d]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
k. The babe wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in manger is the Bread of Life
l. John 6:35 5 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
m. The babe laying in the feeding trough is the true bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever!
n. John 6:51 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
o. When we eat on the Words of Christ and receive the Lord’s Supper, we get well fed spiritually speaking.
p. When we eat Jesus Words, it satisfies us! It nourishes us!
q. Redemption satisfies us!
r. The shepherds feasted on the child first, now it is our turn!
5. Redemption sets you on fire (verses 17-20)
a. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
b. How could these shepherds rejoice at a child born in the manger?
c. How could these shepherds glorify and praise God after smelling the smells in a manger?
d. The shepherds were able to rejoice because they saw with their own eyes what was told to them when they were in the field. Everything occurred as it was told to them.
g. We should be set on fire when we hear about God’s redemption and we see Him at work in our lives and the lives of others! We should also be set on fire when He confirms that we can take Him at his Word and that He holds his promises!
k. Shepherds responded to the message, retold the message and rejoiced at the message.