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Angels (Luke 2:8-15)Rev Gareth James, December 25, 2020
Part of the Christmas series, preached at a Christmas Morning service
In Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" we are introduced to supernatural beings who through an eventful night showed Scrooge things that caused him to become a changed man.
On that very first Christmas there was also a host of supernatural beings - angels - and what they heralded would change man forever.
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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 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. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (ESV)