Do You See What I See?

Luke 2

Intro: Several times in this passage we find a word used repeatedly.

  • 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and SEE this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
  • 17 And when they had SEEN it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
  • 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and SEEN, as it was told unto them.
  • 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had SEEN the Lord’s Christ.
  • 30 For mine eyes have SEEN thy salvation,

 

NOTICE the phrase in verse 38

  • 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that LOOKED FOR redemption in Jerusalem.

 

In other words, some have seen it, and others are still looking for it!

 

Do You See What I See?

I. I see an Unlimited Presentation – vs. 10, 14, 31, 32 This Christmas gift was for everybody!

  • 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
  • 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
  • 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
  • 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

NOTE: Jesus didn’t come just for the Jews. He didn’t just come for the nation of Israel.

  • Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save THAT WHICH WAS LOST.

 

II. I see an Uninhibited Proclamation – vs. 17, 20

  • 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
  • 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
  • 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

They were excited to spread the news because:

  1. They Realized the Rarity to have heard news of this magnitude themselves
  2. They Realized the Responsibility of passing on the news

(vs. 17 …which was told them;  vs. 20 as it was told them) They understood the stewardship of good news!

  1. They Realized the Ramifications of what was taking place – a Savior was born!

 

III. I see an Unmatched Preparation – vs. 30-32

  • 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
  • 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
  • 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

 

This Salvation was Unmatched in its Preparation because it was:

A. A Premeditated Salvation

This salvation was prepared in Eternity Past; wasn’t an afterthought.

  • Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

B. A Prophesied Salvation

At least 109 Old Testament Prophecies that detailed every aspect of Jesus’ birth, life, death.

 

C. A Public Preparation – thou has prepared before the face of all people

ILLUSTRATION: In Acts 26, Paul is standing before King Agrippa, having been arrested for preaching. Notice this conversation:

  • 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
  • 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
  • 24 ¶ And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
  • 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
  • 26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
  • 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
  • 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.