Heavenly Brevity

 
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We think the Gettysburg Address is a masterpiece of economy. All that America means to us is compressed in a few statements that we memorize in the fifth grade. But there has never been an announcement of such infinite importance with such life-shaking content in so few words as Luke 2:10. This is an eternal masterpiece of heavenly brevity. This little message contains twelve great rays of truth. I used a portion of the outline below during my sermon last Sunday, and I’m planning to use it in full during my Christmas message next year. It tells us:

  1. That fear is now obsolete in the human heart–Do not be afraid.
  2. That it is an angelic message, other-worldly, from heaven—I (an angel)
  3. That we have a Gospel—Good News—I bring you good news…
  4. That we have Great Joy—of great joy…
  5. That we have a Global Message—which shall be to all people.
  6. That this news is immediate—Today…
  7. That we have a new king—a descendant of David, who fulfilled Messianic prophecy and is going to claim the Davidic throne—in the city of David…
  8. That we have one who saves us from sin, death, and hell—a Savior…
  9. That He has arrived on earth via human birth—has been born…’
  10. That it is very personal—for you
  11. That He is the long-promised Messiah (the Christ)—He is Christ…
  12. That He is Lord, one who is above all—the Lord

Never was so great a message compressed into so few words!

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