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Look Up - Bruce McCallum - 25 December 2019


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Sermon by Bruce McCallum
25 December 2019

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Look Up - Bruce McCallum - 25 December 2019

  1. 1. Things will start looking up when you start looking up
  2. 2. Things will start looking up when you start looking up
  3. 3. 1. Mary was confused and worried. Luke 1:29 (NLT) Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. confused - "perplexed, anxious, completely shaken, troubled."
  4. 4. 2. Joseph was hurt and brokenhearted. Matthew 1:19 (NLT) Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly.
  5. 5. 3. The shepherds were scared to death Luke 2:8-9 (NLT) That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, Frightened – ‘fobeto’ – ‘phobia’
  6. 6. 4. The wise men were exhausted Matthew 2:1 (NLT) Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem
  7. 7. Things will start looking up when you start looking up
  8. 8. 1. Everything changed for Mary when she LOOKED UP at God's promises Luke 1:37-38 (NLT) For nothing is impossible with God." 38 Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true." And then the angel left.
  9. 9. Luke 1:48 (MSG) 1:48 God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
  10. 10. Luke 1:58 (NLT) 1:58 The word spread quickly to her neighbours and relatives that the Lord had been very kind to her, and everyone rejoiced with her.
  11. 11. 2. Everything changed for Joseph when he LOOKED UP Matthew 1:20 (NLT) As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.”
  12. 12. 3. Everything changed for the shepherds when they LOOKED UP! Luke 2:10-13 (NLT) …but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Saviour - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And this is how you will recognize Him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!" 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:
  13. 13. Luke 2:10-13 (NIV) "'Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born for you! He is Christ the Lord. And this is what you're to look for: you will find a baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.' Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and singing, 'Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to all whom God favours!'"
  14. 14. Luke 2:13-16 (NLT) … the shepherds said to each other, "Come on, let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger
  15. 15. Luke 2:17 (NLT) Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
  16. 16. Luke 2:20 (NLT) The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.
  17. 17. 4. Everything changed when the wise men LOOKED UP, followed the star and met Jesus. Matthew 2:9-10 (NLT) … Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
  18. 18. Matthew 2:11 (NLT) They entered the house where the child and His mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before Him and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  19. 19. Things will start looking up when you start looking up
  20. 20. How do you know if you've really met Jesus? you feel humbled by His presence you express your gratitude and your love (called worship) you open to Him everything important to you you want to give Him the best of everything you've got
  21. 21. Sorry Thank you Please
  22. 22. Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life Please forgive me. I now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free. Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Spirit. I now receive that gift. Please come into my life by your Holy Spirit to be with me forever. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.