Peace and Goodwill

Luke 2:1f


: People often wonder why not every Christmas narrative is the same among the Gospel writers. The quick answer is that every one of the authors, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had different purposes targeted for certain reasons and all of them with their own perspective.

I, like the authors, am choosing Luke’s version for my emphasis and purpose of this particular Christmas message.

I. The Setting

Luke describes the birth itself with surprising brevity compared to others. All we are told is that:

(there is almost his ordinary vs. extraordinary…I’m just glad everyone included)!

The ‘


begins rather on a strange note:


But like some/most parties… things start slowly but quickly pick up!


: Of important to Luke was the next scene in verses 8-20 which describe

the angelic announcement to the shepherds


II. The Players

Luke now introduces a new group that enters the party…. a group of angels.


: What did the Angles bring to the party?

Isaiah 9:2

, ‘The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined’. (NKJ)


: Of significance is the contrast between the humble setting of the birth and the glory of the angelic announcement…so dramatic a difference.

‘In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.’ (

Luk 15:10




III. Message – Good News – Gospel


: Joy and celebration are the only appropriate responses!



IV. The Song

– a great army of angles appears in the heavens. From the heavenly host a song rises in praise to God.

The song of the angels is a couplet with three parallel members in each line:


: Christmas is special! In so many ways!


: My Christmas Prayer / Wish? That each and every one of you find God’s peace and goodwill for yourselves and then that you would have a desire to do likewise to others.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.


The Colossal Challenge – Part 1 – Supremacy

Colossal Task Colossians 1:1-18 Introduction: New Series.  Week 1. Context: Sometime during Paul’s imprisonment, Epaphras solicited Paul’s help with false teaching that threatened the church at Colosse (2:8-9) The problem was the same problem we have today really…syncretism! Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. In that…


The Ideal Sister

The Ideal Sister Luke 10:38-42 Introduction: The narrative of Jesus as a house guest of Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters in their home in Bethany (about 2 miles from Jerusalem) gives us some special direction as to the roles of service and worship. Distraction(s) – Luke 10:40-41 Martha’s Place/Position = Martha’s dilemma was service. Luke…



Influenced Proverbs 14:12 & Proverbs 11:14 Introduction: Most of us have heard the term ‘influencer’. Mark I Plier – gaming videos and sketches – over 30 million Logan Lee – over 27 million Jenna Marbles creates comedic vlogs and content – 0ver 27 million King Back – over 24 million Tyler Oakley – podcasts, books…



Steps Psalm 37:23-24 Introduction: Two factors helped direct my sermon thoughts today: Our Business meeting and people moving. NKJ Psalm 37:23-24 ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with…


To Serve or Not to Serve…This is the Question

To Serve or Not to Serve…That is the Question. Mark 10:35-45 Introduction: The apostles James and John were confused about the servant nature of Jesus. They called him Master, Teacher and Lord, but they did not know what to make of him as Servant.  On this side of the cross, resurrection, and ascension we cannot understand…


My Family & I

My Family and I Introduction: About a month agoI shared a message entitled, ‘Blessing or Burden’ You are (can/should be) a gift to your family. Ways to be a blessing to your family: (I am going to try and keep this light-hearted). Honour and Respect. Application: If I’m honest, I fear/worry we’ve lost out on…


Freedom, Liberty & Independence

Introduction: Billy Graham,‘From cover to cover, God’s Word points to freedom in Christ. And God doesn’t leave us wondering how to grab hold of the freedom He offers. It starts with acknowledging our brokenness—and admitting we are slaves to sin. And it ends with choosing Jesus and following Him daily. Only He can break the bonds of…


If You Knew

If You KnewJohn 4:10 Introduction: I. An Occasion Jesus having to go through Samaria. Jesus went from Judea (southern Israel) to Galilee (the north). In between lay Samaria, an area many Jews skirted. Hatred and distrust between Israelites and Samaritans went back over 500 years, to Israel’s return from exile in Babylon (cf. Ezra 4:1-5). Jesus’…


My Church and I – Part 4

This is a subtitle for your new post Introduction : Last instalment of ‘My Church and I.’ – I’m sure you have some expectations of your church and pastor. If they don’t meet those expectations you’ll probably be looking for a new church. I’ve always found that reality interesting because very few people…