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1. CRISTO ES LA RAZON DE LA CELEBRACION. LUC.

2;9-14, ISA. 9;6-7


2. PORQUE NECESITAMOS LA NAVIDAD?
3.
4.Que niño es este?
5. Al mundo paz
6.Venid adoremos
7. Al mundo paz nacio jesus
8.
9.Tu dejaste tu trono y corona por mi
10. Suenen dulce himnos
11. Oh santísimo felicísimo.
12.
13. Como seria la vida si no hubieras nacido?
14. No solo es hermosa es necesaria
15. Jesus “…showed that God was not merely a
principle but a person.”
16.
17. Que hubiera pasado si….
18. Nunca se hubiera aparecido a maria
19. A los pastores
20.
21. Los magos?
22.Como seria diciembre
23. Vino a hacer una diferencia en el mundo, vida,
familia
24.
25.I. If there is no Christmas our Bible would be
untrue.
26. La tiraria a la basura
27. Profecias de su nacimiento, lugar, tiempo, de
virgen
28.
29. Emanuel,de una masacre en su nacimiento
30. 366 promesas cumplidas. 40-50 de su
nacimiento
31. “The Word became flesh and blood and moved
into our neighborhood”
32.
33. (See John 1:1, 14; I John 1:1; Revelation 19:13).
Describe your experience of
34. 1) the written Word of God and
35. 2) the living, breathing Word of God - Jesus. How
have both impacted your life
36. II. If there is no Christmas our God would be
unknown. - John 14:8-9; Colossians 1:15, 19;
Matthew 1:23; John 1:1, 14
37. Siempre habido un dios
38. Es espiritu
39. Como lo conocieramos si no se revela?
40.
41. En la biblia, naturaleza, en cristo
42. Dios e revelo en un bebe. En cristo
43.
44. III. If there is no Christmas our sins would be
unforgiven.
45. - Matthew 1:21; Galatians 4:4-5; John 1:29;
Ephesians 1:7; I Timothy 1:15
46. IV. If there is no Christmas our prayers would
be unanswered. - Hebrews 4:15-16
47. V. If there is no Christmas our hope would be
unfounded. - Ephesians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:27; I
Timothy 1:1;Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:14-15, 17
48.

49. i. El verdadero significado


50. ii. La importancia
51. iii. El gozo
52.
53. No una fecha exacta
54. Celebramos un evento no una fecha
55. NavidaD, nativaem

56. Mas que nacio, murió, sepultado y resucito y


vive en mi
57. Mas que regalos consumismo fiestas, comidas
58.
59. Es la r. Del amor mas grande. Buena voluntad
60. De la esperanza mas grande
61. De la luz mas grande
62. De la paz mas grande . nuestro príncipe de
paz
63.
64. Paz con dios
65. Paz con otros
66. Paz contigo mismo
67. Paz en la tormenta
68.
69. De la gloria mas grande. En las alturas y en la
tierra.
70. Es la reconcliacion mas grande. De regreso al
padre
71. LA REVELACIÓN DEL DIOS ETERNO DENTRO
DE LA HISTORIA:
72. Si tu no tienes para regalos, comidas etc
73.
74. Es el mesias-cristo
75. Es el salvador-jesus
76. Es emmanuel
77.
78. Para los pastores es el levantamiento mas
grande
79. Para los sabios la adoracion mas grande.
Abrele tus tesoros
80. Para simeon y Ana e stiempo de
cumplimientos y promesas
81. Para jose y maria tiempo de confiar en lo
incomprensible
82.
83. Es un tiempo de recibir
84. Es un tiempo de dar, entregar
85.
86. El pesebre anuncia sencillez
87. Los angeles anuncian gozo
88.
89. Adoralo con los mejor de tu tiempo
90. Tiempo para buscarlo
91. Tiempo para adorarlo
92. Tiempo para predicarlo
93.
94. La felicidad verdadera durante la navidad es
celebrar a Cristo el Salvador.
95. “…Hoy les ha nacido en la ciudad de David un
Salvador, que es Cristo el Señor…” Vers. 11
96. Personas pasan deprimidas, tristes y
frustradas durante este tiempo de regoci
97.
98. Porque han sacado a Jesús de la celebración
navideña.
99. Dedicando a Jesús esta próxima navidad.
100.
101. 3.1. Entonando villancicos Cristo céntricos
(ahora se le canta al árbol, los peces, el burrito
sabanero, la nieve, etc).
102. 3.2. Repitiendo a los convidados la historia de
la primera navidad.
103. 3.3. Orando porque el verdadero significado
navideño llegue a todos los hogares del mundo.
104. 3.4. Dando a los necesitados. Mateo 25:34-40

105. Dios se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros.


Juan 1:14.
– Su nacimiento es la venida de la luz a un mundo
de oscuridad. Juan 1:4,9.
– La manifestación del amor de Dios a un mundo
necesitado. Juan 3:16.
– El nacimiento del Salvador de todos los hombres.
Jesús significa salvador. Lucas 1:31, Lucas 2:10-11.
– La venida del Emanuelle = Dios con Nosotros, el
glorioso Dios morando con la humanidad. Mateo
1:23.
– La venida del Rey de Reyes, Señor de Señores, el
más grande soberano sobre la tierra. Lucas 1:32-
33.
– Su nacimiento es motivo de fiesta y alegría, es el
más grande acontecimiento y la más grande
manifestación del amor de Dios. Lucas 2:10-11, 13-
14.
– Su venida marca el fin de la oscuridad y la
maldad, de la tristeza y el dolor
106.
107. Scriptures: Matthew 2:1-15
108. Introduction
109. Many songs we sing at Christmas are
reminders that Christmastime is supposed to be
happy. Songs like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of
the Year," "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,"
"Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," "Jingle
Bells," and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" all
communicate that Christmas time is to be a joyous,
trouble-free season.
110. But let me ask you honestly: Is that what you
are experiencing this season? Probably not. For
some of you, personal problems are keeping you
from experiencing the joy of the season. For
others, you feel like one crisis after another has
run you over. With such an avalanche of problems
it is hard to have a holly-jolly Christmas.
111. Some of you are so busy and working so hard
that there is no time for sitting around a fire
roasting chestnuts. Or, maybe there is not anything
really wrong, but for some reason you are just not
enjoying Christmas. It is not providing the
emotional lift that you expected. In fact, it is
almost depressing. The world does not look like a
winter wonderland. It just looks like winter.
112. Disillusionment at Christmas is not an
unusual thing. We get so hyped up with
expectations about what Christmas is supposed to
be that often the real thing doesn't measure up,
and we are disappointed.
113. What can you do this Christmas to avoid
disillusionment? How can you improve your level
of joy this Christmas? The answer is found in the
story of the magi in Matthew 2. Magi, wise men
from the East, saw a star that indicated the birth
of a new king in Israel. Wanting to honor Him with
gifts, they set out on a journey following the star
to find this newborn King. From the attitudes of
these wise men and the events that surrounded
their journey, we see how we can raise our level of
joy at Christmas.
114. There are three lessons we learn from this
story.
115. I. What do you seek?
116. Your level of joy at Christmas is directly
related to what it is you seek.
117. Ask the question: What is it I want to get out
of Christmas? What is it that would make your
Christmas wonderful and satisfying? Snow? All the
family together and happy? A feeling you define as
the holiday spirit? Finding the right present to
give? Getting the present you have been hoping
for? The problem with all these is that they can
leave us disappointed.
118. Have you ever had that kind of experience -
when you were disappointed by Christmas because
it did not deliver what you thought it would? The
problem is not Christmas. It is in our expectations.
We are looking for the wrong thing.
119. The magi show us how to increase our level of
joy at Christmas by looking for the right thing.
What was it they were looking for? Verse 2 tells
us. They came to Jerusalem and said, "Where is He
who has been born King of the Jews? For we have
seen His star in the East and have come to worship
Him." They were looking for Jesus. Christmas for
them was an opportunity to worship Jesus.
120. That is what we need to be looking for and
expecting this Christmas - an experience of
worship, a fresh glimpse of He who was born King
of the Jews. If our goal this Christmas is to
worship Jesus, then I doubt very seriously we will
be dissatisfied with our experience.
121. II. Where do you look?
122. Your level of joy at Christmas is directly
related to where you look.
123. We learn from the magi that there are wrong
and right places to look for Christmas. They
started by looking in the wrong place. They looked
where their own human reasoning said they should
look. The star indicated the birth of a new king in
Israel. The magi went where kings should be born -
to the palace of Herod the Great in the capital city
of Jerusalem. But what a mistake that was! When
Herod heard of the birth of a new king, he jealousy
sought to destroy him.
124. We, too, are tempted to look for joy at
Christmas in the wrong places. We think by getting
or giving the right gift we will be satisfied. We
imagine that being with family will be joyful. All
these can easily disappoint us. You may not be able
to afford the right gift for a loved one. Family
members may be missing from your holiday
celebration. If you are looking to these things for
joy, you may be left with a feeling of
disillusionment.
125. The magi looked in the right place when they
looked to God. The trip to Jerusalem was not a
total loss. While there they discovered where they
should have looked in the first place: the Bible. The
scribes in Jerusalem said that, according to the
prophet Micah, the Messiah was to be born in
Bethlehem. With this new information, they looked
again at the star and followed it to Bethlehem until
it stood over the house where the child Jesus lived.
126. III. What do you give?
127. Your level of joy at Christmas is directly
related to what you give.
128. The magi came to Jesus' house bearing gifts.
The gifts they gave were entirely appropriate. They
gave gold, gift for a king. By giving it they
acknowledged that Jesus was and is the King. They
gave frankincense, a gift for a priest. This was
incense the priests used in Temple. By giving it
they acknowledged that Jesus was a priest - the
One who would bring us to God. They gave myrrh,
gift for the dead. This was a fragrant ointment
used to anoint a body before burial. By giving it
they acknowledged that Jesus had come to die for
the sins of the world.
129. We ought to give appropriate gifts this
Christmas as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not
talking about material gifts. I am talking about
more important things. We ought to give the gift of
our love and kindness to our friends and family.
We ought to give the gift of our help to those who
are hurting. We ought to give the gift of
forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Giving
these kinds of gifts will result in a joyous and
meaningful Christmas.
130. Conclusion
131. What are you giving for Christmas this year?
Why not consider giving yourself? Give your time
to your family. Give your compassion to the
hurting. Give your forgiveness to the isolated. And
give your heart to Jesus? I promise you, when you
look for the right thing, look in the right places,
and give the right gift, you will have joy at
Christmas.

132. God's missionary heart reflects the glory of


God active in persons as they serve Christ. Think
for a moment of light penetrating the darkness.
Think of a mirror reflecting light into a dark room.
Think of a flashlight shining in a dark cave. God's
missionary heart involves carrying His light into
the dark world. This sermon focuses upon God's
heart for personal transformation through His
great light. Read the following Scripture passages
for added insight: Isaiah 49:1-6; 56:3-8; and
66:18-20, 23.

133. Main Scripture passage: Isaiah 9


134. Introduction
135. When I was a young boy our family traveled
to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to
Spruce Pine where my dad grew up. My father,
mother, brother, and I arrived in a season of
summer joy. We took Jeep rides into the
mountains. We toured places like Linville Falls and
Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the
Mississippi River. We fished for trout. And once we
rode black rubber inner tubes down the Toe River,
ice-cold as it was, to another small mountain town.

136. On another adventure we drove the dark


mountains late into one night looking for the
Brown Mountain lights. We were looking for light
shooting out of the darkness and reflecting on the
mountains. I fell asleep, the winding mountain
drive working on me like a baby being rocked in a
rocking chair. I never heard if we actually found
the mountain lights, but I liked the idea as much as
I liked catching fireflies and putting them on the
night stand in Mason jars with holes poked in the
lids. I wondered about the mountain lights and was
mesmerized by the blinking lights of the fireflies at
night.

137. Isaiah preaches in a time of darkness, of evil,


and apparent hopelessness. Christmas comes
anticipating Christmas lights, decorations, and joy.
It also comes to remind us of the light of hope, the
glory that overpowers evil, and the aura of Christ
that penetrates the gloom of darkness and replaces
it with the light of joy. Joy to the world! Isaiah
declares Christ's light and hope. Christmas warms
the heart.

138. I. Light overshadows darkness


139. Isaiah anticipated God's light that would come
to the people. He preached in a time of gloom
because of false prophets, sin, and a downward
spiral morally. Isaiah, the son of Amoz, rebuked
God's people, Israel. In a time of darkness,
faithlessness, and hopelessness, Isaiah proclaimed
the hope of God's light.

140. Like a mountain wanderer searching for the


Brown Mountain lights, people today are searching
for God's light. They search for hope amid financial
struggle, amid personal despair, and family
tragedy. Isaiah delivers that hope in the good news
of Jesus Christ. After all, the people who have
walked in darkness have seen a great light. Under
what circumstances does the light overcome the
darkness?

141. A. World turmoil


142. Isaiah's message is both universal and timely.
Isn't the world in turmoil? From war to corporate
battles in business to family squabbles at home,
the world is filled with chaos and turmoil.

143. B. National unrest


144. Isaiah's day swirled with national unrest. Not
only were nations at war against one another,
were filled with internal unrest. This caused
sleepless nights for leaders, uncertain feelings in
those who lived in the nations, and a longing for
peace.

145. C. Personal sin


146. Isaiah's day also found people living in the
darkness of sin. Sin stays in the corners, the dark
places, and hurts the missionary and loving heart
of God.

147. Isaiah proclaimed the good news: To those


who dwell in the shadow of death, a light will
come! Christ's missionary heart overpowers the
darkness in the world, among nations, and even in
the human heart! Joy to the world!

148. II. Gladness overtakes sorrow


149. In Isaiah 9:1 he mentions two words: gloom
and oppression. Isaiah's simple word is this:
Gloom and oppression do not have to stay. God
comes in splendor and simplicity in the person of
Jesus Christ to take away the sorrow of gloom and
the injustice of oppression. Isaiah speaks of a
gladness that the apostle Paul in Philippians
describes as pure joy. This gladness does two
things.

150. A. Brightens a dim spirit


151. The Christ of Christmas warms the heart to a
new spirit. He connects us with God's missionary
heart that cares for and loves all kinds of people.
God's missionary heart gives us a burden for those
in gloom and oppression. God takes away our
gloom, replaces it with gladness, then he sends us
into the world, to the nations and to people in sin
to shine his light. It is as exciting as the childhood
wonder I experienced with wide eyed wonder
while watching those fireflies at night.

152. B. Creates a spirit of jubilee


153. Isaiah 9:3-4 speak of a harvest and jubilee,
also known as a celebration when God's people
were freed from bondage. I once pastored in a
peanut farming community. The peanut harvest
was a time of hard work, relief when it was over,
and celebration. The harvest and jubilee of which
Isaiah speaks reflects a light that restores a weary
spirit, a light that brings relief, and a light,
Christ's, which enacts a celebration. Joy to the
world!
154. God's missionary heart inspires joy and
gladness that overtakes sorrow. Such joy cheers
the attitudes and spirits of person. It also pushes
aside the darkness and the sorrow surrenders to
the gladness of Christ's joy. Christ's light increases
the joy!

155. III. Victory overwhelms defeat


156. Isaiah's light and hope provide a recipe for
transformation and victory. Isaiah longed for God's
people to step out of the shadows of despair and
gloom. He yearned for God's people to return
wholeheartedly to him. He wished in the depths of
his soul for victory as they lived their daily lives.
Do you have that victory? Do you share that victory
with others? Do you shine God's light? What does
the light of God's victory do for the nations and
people who serve Christ?

157. A. Burdens are lifted


158. Through the years as a pastor I have watched
Christ-transformed persons change as the burdens
of their dark lives were lifted. I have observed the
relief in their faces. I have been thrilled to see
God's work as their gloomy spirits changed to
raised eyebrows and smiles of victory. Tears of joy
have streamed down cheeks in rivers of hope as
Christ lifted the burden.
159. B. Oppression is removed
160. I have also observed the bondage of sin, pain,
and even the past removed by Christ. Christ
supplies freedom from oppression so that people
could move forward with their lives and fly like an
eagle (Isaiah 40:28-31). The people learned to live
and soar in the victory that came through the light
of Jesus Christ.

161. Hope springs eternal. Viktor Frankl, in Man's


Search for Meaning, tells of his days in a World
War II death camp and prison. He writes, "The
person who lost his faith in the future - his future
was doomed" (p. 74). He mentions further that
those who had hope increased their chances for
survival - the hope of seeing a loved one again or
the hope of a dream they possessed. Isaiah speaks
to the core of God's missionary heart: "Those who
dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them a light has shined." Christ's light secures the
future by faith. His light penetrates darkness,
shoving aside gloom and despair. His light supplies
hope, today and tomorrow. His light brings joy.
The joy is Christ! Joy to the world!

162. Conclusion
163. One summer on our vacation to those same
mountains of North Carolina, we took a Jeep ride
up the mountain. We stopped, climbed into a hole,
discovered the cave beneath and followed our
guide who held the flashlight. At one point he
turned the light off: darkness, pitch black in a sea
of confined space. He then turned the light on. I
followed the light and found my way out of the
dark cave.

164. God's missionary heart shines His light to


invite you to keep your eyes on Jesus, to follow his
heart, and to pull you out of the darkness. Joy to
the world!

Christmas sermon: The Angels Announce the Good


News - Luke 1
by John Duncan
Christmas sermon series: God's Missionary
Heart
1. Joy to the World - Isaiah 9
2. Unhappy Holidays at Christmas - Revelation 12
3. The Angels Announce the Good News - Luke 1
4.The Days After Christmas and A New Year -
Colossians 1
Christmas comes in the angelic announcement of
the good news of Jesus Christ. Imagine the story of
Christmas and angels appearing before Mary,
Joseph, and shepherds in an open field. Angels
always indicate the miraculous, mysterious, and
majestic work of God in some way. This sermon
announces God's good news. These Bible passages
will assist you in communicating the good news of
Christ: Luke 2:8-18 and Luke 2:25-32.
Main Scripture passage: Luke 1:26-38
Introduction
I sat early one Christmas morning and thought
about the angels appearing at Christmas. I
pondered angelic appearances at Sodom and
Gomorrah, at the ford of the Jabbok River where
Jacob wrestled with an angel of God, and in
Psalms where it says "men ate angels' food."
Angels helped Jesus after his wilderness
temptation. Revelation mentions angels more
than twenty times. Then, I began to think of
angelic appearances to Mary, Joseph, and the
shepherds keeping watch over their flocks.

What do angels look like? In our world of


Charlie's Angels, Angels in the Outfield, Touched
by an Angel, and It's a Wonderful Life, most of
our images of angels come from Hollywood,
beautiful with fluttering wings, mysterious
words, or even looking like ordinary people in.
The Bible tells us that when angels show up they
are dazzling, bright, and shining, and arrive with
a specific message. One good word they give in
the Christmas story is this: Nothing is impossible
with God.

What do angels announce?

I. Angels announce the miracle of Christmas.


Luke 1:26-38 tells about the appearance of the
angel Gabriel (angels have names!) to Mary to
announce that the Holy Spirit will overshadow
her and she will give birth to a child to be named
Jesus, meaning "Jehovah is salvation." Mary is
troubled, or agitated, or stirred up within her
soul. The angel entered with words of rejoicing, a
message of how she had found favor or grace near
God, and with the good news of Christ's birth.
Mary asked questions at first, and then accepted
this good news in the depths of her soul. Mary's
response was one of praise, also known as Mary's
Song or the Magnificat of Mary in Luke 1:46-55.
"My soul glorifies the Lord!"

C.S. Lewis says of Christmas, "The whole thing


narrows and narrows, until at last it comes down
to a little point, as small as the point of a spear -
a Jewish girl at her prayers." Mary and Joseph in
their simple faith accepted the good news of
Jesus' birth. They demonstrated faith in God's
plan. They experienced God's peace. They heard
the angelic word of affirmation, a word often
repeated in the Christmas story, "Do not be
afraid!" The miracle of Christmas, Christ, would
soon come.

Think of Christmas: the decorated tree, the lights,


the music, the wonderer childlike feel of the
season, the angelic announcement, and the birth
of Christ. The hardest part about preaching or
singing at Christmas, or hearing the story as
adults, is that it no longer affects our senses. It no
longer moves our souls to humility. It no longer
moves our lips to give praise to God for his grace,
love, and good news. I fear we do not give
consideration to the real miracle of Christmas.
The angels announced the miracle of Christmas,
of Christ and salvation to all humankind. Rejoice!
Do not be afraid!

II. Angels announce the mystery of Christmas


Luke 1:31-33 describes the mystery of Christ. The
drama of Christmas comes as if God has pulled
back a curtain on the world's stage and placed a
spotlight on Christ born in Bethlehem. What will
Christ be? He will be named Jesus, a reference to
salvation. He will be great, an indication of his
power. He will possess a kingdom - not like
Roman emperors in their grandeur, with their
golden crowns, and armies with chariots and
horses that will one day end - but a kingdom of
faith, hope, and love that will have no end.

Mary asks another question: "How can this be?"


The angelic response was one of good and
glorious news: the Holy Spirit will fall on you and
you shall conceive and give birth to the Son of
God. John Updike is right when he says, "Our
brains are no longer conditioned for reverence
and awe." However, to appreciate Christmas, to
humble ourselves in its glory, simplicity, and
humility, we must revere Christ and stand in awe
in spite of the mystery. The angelic
announcement is mysterious. The virgin birth is
mysterious. God sending his own Son into the
world to a Jewish girl in Galilee is mysterious.
However, the mystery keeps us occupied,
intrigued, and drawn all the more to Christ.

Do you ever race through Christmas and lose a


sense of wrapping your heart and mind around
the mystery of Christ? Do you revere Christ as
you should? Do you stand in awe? Our God is an
awesome God in his miracle of salvation and in
the mystery of his message of hope!

III. Angels state the majesty of Christmas


The not-so-obvious message of Christmas is found
in Luke 1:36, a message to Elizabeth and Mary:
Nothing is impossible with God! When we lose
our sense of the miracle and mystery of
Christmas, we're bound to lose a sense that God
can do anything. If Christmas teaches us anything
it is that all things are possible with God. The
Christ of Christmas invites us to place our faith in
Him and watch him produce within us a spirit of
hope. This hope is more than positive thinking. It
is more than a good attitude. It is more than a
good feeling on a sunny day. It is a hope rooted in
Christ's birth, death, burial, resurrection, and life
that secures our present through the salvation of
the cross and guarantees our future because we
believe in him. When our present faith and future
grace in Christ join hands, Christ carries us today
and into tomorrow, and we have hope no matter
what comes our way. We experience the majesty
and grandeur of Christ as he carries us day by
day. We can then respond to life's pain, pressure,
struggle, anxiety, and fear with the spirit of the
angels: Nothing is impossible with God.

Conclusion
Walt Whitman wrote about "America's teeming
intricate whirl." That is, that we in America pride
ourselves too much on being busy and cramming
our time with stuff. In the whirlwind of
Christmas, exhausting in its hectic pace, it would
do us good to pause, to hear the rush of angel's
wings, and to hear God's message as announced
afresh: Christ the Savior has come! Nothing is
impossible with God.

Years ago in a children's musical in our church


the children were dressed as Mary, Joseph, the
shepherds, and angels. In one hushed moment one
of the characters recited a line: "Stop! Look!
Listen for Christmas!" May prayer is that we can
slow down this Christmas, recapture the miracle,
the mystery, and the majesty of Christmas. If we
do, we're bound to respond like Mary did, "My
soul praises God my Savior!" Merry Christmas!

165.