Sermon Quotes: "Unlikely Christmas Guests: The Nightshift"

“It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. ‘The Word became flesh’ (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation…The Incarnation is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it makes sense of everything else that the New Testament contains.” J.I. Packer

“But you, O Bethlehem, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

“Shepherds were outcasts…We tend to romanticize the shepherds, especially since there are so many good shepherds in the Bible, but they did not enjoy a very good reputation in their day. Because they lived out in the fields, they were unable to keep the ceremonial law, and thus were treated as unclean. They were also regarded as liars and thieves, which is why their testimony was inadmissible in a court of law. Shepherds were despised. With the exception of lepers, they were the lowest class of men in Israel.” Phil Ryken

“Humanity has nothing to fear when God moves in grace.” Darrell Bock

“The amazement of those who hear the news may be caused by the surprise that the Savior actually has been born to fulfill God’s promises, that a child who is Christ and Lord was born in such circumstances, and/or that the angels would deliver such stupendous news to persons of such low estate.” David Garland

“The mood of 2:18-20 should influence the mood of the reader. With a song in its heart, heaven sent Jesus to earth…The shepherds had witnessed the start of God’s work in Jesus and felt honored to share in the event.” Darrell Bock

“When I look into the manger, I come away shaken as I realize again that he was born to pay the unbearable penalty for my sin.” William Smith

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity-hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory-because at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later he might hang on a cross. It is the most wonderful message that the world has ever heard, or will hear.” J.I. Packer