The Shepherd's Joy (Luke 2:1-20)Stephen Walton, Friday, December 25, 2015
Part of the Advent & Christmas series, preached at a Feast day service
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Luke 2:1-20, NLT
The Birth of Jesus
1At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.
6And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
The Shepherds and Angels
8That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
13Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.