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Christmas surprises from God
Message By
Brother Pablo Molina

Luke 2:8-11 (ESV)
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Introduction

Christmas is a time for surprises. Under Christmas trees are gifts wrapped so the contents can be kept secret. Part of the tradition of Christmas includes surprises. The surprise that occurred two thousand years ago, to a group of shepherds outside Bethlehem may be the greatest surprise of all time. That surprise back then can remind us that God is still able to surprise you with what He wants to do in your life today.
God’s surprises remind us that He can appear at any time (v. 8). “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field” (v. 8). What is remarkable about this passage is the reminder that God can “show up” at any moment!
The shepherds may have been half asleep. In the midst of this calm, predictable routine, a night just like any other night, “an angel of the Lord appeared to them” (v. 9).
This wasn’t a prayer meeting. They weren’t in church. They weren’t in the temple. Yet there was a sudden, unexpected appearance of God. “And the glory of the Lord shone around them” (v. 9).
For the shepherds, God made Himself obvious. Suddenly everything changed because God got involved. God changes things! And the God that intervened in their life can intervene in your life. When God does intervene, don’t expect your life to be predictable, safe, and boring. Nobody ever stays the same after God shows up.
God’s surprises remind us that he can assure us at any time (vv. 9–11)
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (vv. 9–11)
We do not need to be afraid. God does not want us to live in fear.
The Savior is our hope! Jesus is our joy.

Conclusion
When God surprises His people, it is always for our good and His glory, so His surprises at Christmas are the best surprises of all!

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