North Anderson Baptist Church
Advent Season - 2018, JOY
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
The coming of the Messiah brings:
*Joy not fear
*Joy because of Good News
*Joy expressed in glorifying and praising God
Joy not fear - Luke 2:10

How many of us fear what is to come; maybe because we just don’t know what to expect? Today, there is great fear in our world. Just look at our Southern border and all the trouble we see there. Look at what is happening in France this last week with riots and all the trouble they are having. Many of us fear for our children and grandchildren because of a world filled with hate, disease and great conflict. There is danger all around us and we fear for those whom we love. We don’t seem to have contentment with what we have which causes a lot of people to want what you have and are willing to do just about anything to get it too. There is danger all around us, so aren’t we justified to fear the world in which we live?

If you are one of those in our world who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ, then I would fear too. You can see that our Scripture is for you, as well as for Christians. There is a Savior who came to this world to give us joy instead of fear about all that is around us. God, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has assured us that because of the birth of His Son, we can know a joy that is far beyond what the world calls “happiness.” Joy is knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord who came to us in the form of a baby born into a world full of fear and where some people were afraid of this Child might become.
In 1952 pupils in a New York public school were invited by their teacher to mention things associated with Christmas. The children responded spontaneously: "Santa Claus," "Reindeer," "Christmas trees" "presents." Then a pensive little girl said, "The birthday of Jesus" "Oh, no" the teacher replied quickly, "that's not what we mean" 1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching.
The people who lived in Jesus’ day knew real fear. Daily their lives were threatened by the Roman soldiers and decrees from the throne of King Herod. The shepherds to whom the angel appeared were rarely those who were allowed in the temple to worship. They were looked down on by their society, the lowest of the low, and therefore felt ostracized from most of the people, except the poor. Although they had heard the prophecies of the Messiah, they were never expecting that they would be included in the announcement, they the lowly shepherds.

The angel told the shepherds not to fear but that there was to be joy in their lives because of this announcement of the Savior’s birth. Notice, the heavenly proclamation also said that this joy would be for all people everywhere. How many cards sent for Christmas have the theme of Joy? What a great subject in a day like ours. So many people are hopeless, joyless, with no peace and living lives absent of love for which all wish. But because of the coming of the great heavenly Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, we all can experience the true meaning of joy mixed with hope, peace and love during this Christmas season.
Joy because of Good News - Luke 2:10-11

Don’t we all like Good News? We recently had good news in our family; we had two new baby boys born to precious cousins. Now they will have someone so very close to them to love on and to relate to the rest of their lives. New babies bring great joy. That was the way it was for the shepherds too. The angel said to them that the “Good News” of the coming of the new baby born in Bethlehem was the news of the fulfillment of prophecy of the Messiah, the child sent from God, that all the Jewish nation had been waiting for throughout the generations.

Not only was He the Christ, the Messiah, but He was born right close by where they could actually go and see Him in person. This “Good News” wasn’t just a message sent to them and they would then go about their lives, No! These men would be the first to be told of the glorious news of the greatest person ever to be born and they could actual go and see this child lying in a manger. They were now a part of the greatest event ever to happen in the history of this small insignificant planet. Notice the angel said that this child was born “unto you.” What does that mean? When God, long time before the world was made, planned the birth of the Christ Child, He made it clear that not just the shepherds were to be given the blessing of the infant lowly but His birth was for all people everywhere. Joy will be the result!

Why would this “Good News” bring joy to all? From Genesis 3 until the birth of the Savior sin had dominated the world and only the Jews had the rituals to relate to the God of Creation. Now, for everyone on earth, God has made it possible for them to have a personal relationship with the Almighty God with full forgiveness of their sin through God’s Son that was given as a gift to this world. He, this Baby, would grow into a Man full of grace and truth (John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”) This Messiah would save His people from their sin (Matthew 1:21, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”)

But hear what the angel said, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” v. 10 In reality, Jesus came not only for His own people the Jews, but He came for ALL people and the purpose was to have ALL people to know their God and Creator, in a personal way through the Son of God who lived as a man and then died on a cross for ALL people and for ALL their sin and then He was buried, and on the third day He arose from the dead to live forevermore in heaven.

*The Lord Jesus Christ is ready today to save you from your sin.

*He is ready to renew your broken relationship with Him because of your sin.

*He is ready today to bring you into the family of God for a new and fresh fellowship that only comes to them who know Christ as Savior and Lord.
Joy expressed in glorifying and praising God Luke 2:20

The Bible says they returned. To where did they return? They went back into their daily routine that lay before them, being shepherds. They didn’t stay there at the manger looking at the Baby in the stable. Who can do that? Don’t you have to come down off the mountain to return to the life you have lived after you have a wonderful experience with God? Who can live on the mountain top? That is not realistic. We all have to return to the actual life we live whether it is an office, a hospital, to your home, a classroom, a plant, or wherever you may work or live daily. We can’t stay at church all the time, we live in the real world with the real problems and challenges. The mission starts when you leave the church. The shepherds surely had problems and challenges too. Different than you and me, but still they were reality for them. They went on with life expressing the great Joy they had because of the “Good News” that came to them personally!

For you and me the challenge is to go back into our real world and do what? They went glorifying and praising the Lord because of what they had seen and heard...just as it had been told. The angels were proven right in what they told the shepherds. The Word of God is TRUE!

And God’s Word has become true to you too...
-when God came to you, your life was changed
-or when He challenged you last week to live for Him and He proved faithful to you and provided your need
-or supplied that job
-or gave health to your child
-or walked with you through the difficult valley, then you should glorify Him and praise Him openly for all that He has done for you and revealed to you. Our response to the personal knowledge and experience of Christ as our Savior and Lord, is to worship Him through our actions and words, regarding who He is and what He has done for all and specifically for me and you.
On Christmas Day some years ago, a little boy was seen going in and out of his church several times. When asked, "What gift did you ask of the Christ child?" he replied, "I didn't ask for anything. I was just in there loving Him for a little while.” 1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching.
The joyful thing for each of us to do during this Christmas season is to tell the “Good News” to others! We should worship our Savior and Lord and encourage others as well to worship and then tell them who and what He has done for you personally and for all mankind.

*Have you done that yet?
*Will you make the commitment to tell others about Jesus during His birthday celebration?
*Will you participate in the worship experience with your church family in glorifying and praising God for all He is and has done?
I shall forever remember the awe that enveloped me as our small party entered the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Guides provided slender tapers to light our way down the winding steps to the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. (How absurd, I thought, to be carrying a candle while looking for the Light of the World!) Upon reaching the designated spot, I found myself standing by a tall, dark man from Sudan. The aura of universal faith and visible ecumenicity generated a holy silence; a silence that constrained us. Presently, a lady, obviously from Europe, without any prompting began to sing, "Silent Night, Holy Night" Within seconds, each joined in singing the carol in his or her own tongue. It was a redemptive moment. Christmas in August!1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching.
Legend Of 3 Little Children

There's a beautiful legend
That's never been told—
It may have been known
To the Wise Men of old—
How three little children
Came early at dawn,
With hearts that were sad
To where Jesus was born.
One could not see,
One was too lame to play;
While the other, a mute,
Not a word could he say.
Yet, led by His Star,
They came there to peep
At the little Lord Jesus
With eyes closed in sleep.
But how could the Christ Child,
So lovely and fair,
Not waken and smile
When He heard their glad prayer,
Of hope at His coming,
Of faith in His birth,
Of praise at His bringing
God's peace to the earth?
And, then, as the light
Softly came through the door,
The lad that was lame
Stood upright once more.
The boy that was mute
Started sweetly to sing—
While the child that was blind
Looked with joy on the King!
—Author Unknown
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
This Savior and Lord Jesus deserves our very best. He deserves our worship and calls for us to share His story. To do so we must know Him personally as our Savior and Lord. Today you can do that by just surrendering you life to Him through repentance of your sin, and follow Him joyfully with all your heart. Today is the day of Salvation!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

http://www.northandersonbaptist.com