Today’s Scripture:  Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Introduction:

Here’s another one of the carols that I tend to like to listen to, but I have to be honest to say that it kind of depends upon who is singing it.  I like how I can search for songs on YouTube, and it will show me different singers…and the version of this song I believe I’ve found will be as thought it’s sang by an angel.

I guess that was more of an introduction for the video than the message, but I think that this is going to be a pretty good message.  I don’t really sense the Holy Spirit ready to let loose, but I trust that once I get writing He’ll have plenty to say that won’t disappoint…Amen.  So, without any further delay…let’s see what we are about to get into as we talk about this Christmas Carol.

Today’s Video:

I am not much for country music, but when I saw this was the song for this message…I knew that if Martina McBride sang it…it would be awesome…and…well…I was right.

Do You Hear What I Hear- Martina McBride (lyrics & slideshow)

Today’s Message:  “Do You Hear What I Hear?

Over 2000 years ago, the Savior of the world was born. Have you ever stopped to think about how people found out about His birth? The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” gives us an example of how the news of His birth might have spread.

It’s not like today is it?  If Jesus was born today the news would be all over Twitter, Facebook, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and who knows where else.  The point is, there wasn’t any news or social networks when Jesus was born.  So, God used a star and word of mouth.  You know, God really does think of absolutely everything…doesn’t He?

At the end of the flood, He used a rainbow to signify His covenant with Noah that He would never again destroy the world with water.  Yeah, I know that today the Gay Right’s Activists think that the rainbow belongs to them…but they’re wrong.  Just for a moment, could you imagine all the people out there suing for copywrite violations, patent infringements, using trademarks without permission, stealing symbols, and so on and so forth.  Could you imagine how many companies God could sue for using His symbols as theirs?  I’m not going to spend any time talking about the rainbow or anything like that here…I’m just basically giving us something to think about.

Getting back to the point of this message…there wasn’t much of a way to get news to people in that day, but we hear in many Christmas Carols about this start in the sky…and thus we get that one of the names of Jesus is Morning Star.  Ah…but Jesus is the light of the world, and isn’t it interesting that the symbol used to announce His arrival was…a bright and shining star that people could see all over the world.  Just another one of those observations that comes to mind in a message like this…Amen!?!

The song starts with the Holy Spirit asking the lamb, “Do you see what I see?” The Lamb then goes to the shepherd and asks, “Do you hear what I hear?” The Shepherd immediately goes to the King and asks “Do you know what I know?” When they shared what God had told them, an entire nation heard about the birth of their Savior, Jesus, and what His birth meant for the entire world.

This brings to mind the old telephone game.  Anyone ever remember playing that game?  It was some times used in school wasn’t it?  Everyone would sit in a circle, and the teacher would start at one end of the circle, and whisper something in the first kid’s ear…and by the time it got all the way around the circle…it was amazing what kind of story was made up…especially when at the end the teacher reveal what was said in the beginning…and usually what you got at the end was a completely different story.

However, here that didn’t happen.  I think it’s interesting also that the Holy Spirit said asked a lamb.  Another name of Jesus isn’t it?  Jesus…the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world?  The lamb then goes and tells the shepherd…another name for Jesus…He identifies Himself as The Good Shepherd.  The shepherd goes and tells the king…we all know that Jesus is the King of kings, right!?!

That’s amazing.  There’s the Holy Spirit who is the perfect representation of Jesus who is the perfect representation of the Father.  The lamb, the shepherd boy, and then it gets all the way to the King.  This song is full of references to Jesus…isn’t that amazing!?!  Even secular people who sing this song don’t realize that there’s so much of Jesus in just this one song…glory to God…Amen!?!  Anyone else kind of speechless at the moment…or just me?

Here’s the great news: this too is our calling as followers of Christ – to share with others what we have been told! God reveals Himself to all of us in different ways, depending on our personalities and gifts. For some, He shows us visible things about Himself, like a star in the sky. Others may grow closer to Him best through reading scriptures, some through singing praises to Him. The question is what are we doing with what God gives us? We have to realize that God will use us to bring people to Him through what He has revealed to us individually.

And here’s where we get to the point of the Holy Ghost ready to take over.  Our calling as followers of Christ – to share the good news of what we’ve been told.  What good news you ask?  Well…in order for all of us to come to the saving knowledge of Christ…we needed to hear the good news not just of Jesus’ birth, but His life, death, burial, and resurrection.  In other words, we have been told the Gospel…and it’s up to us to go and tell others about what we’ve been told.

Paul writes this:  “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”  2 Corinthians 5:18 (KJV).  He goes on to say that we’re all ambassador’s for Christ, and that as His representatives we need to bring this ministry of reconciliation to the world.

Maybe that means sharing your testimony with someone about how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  However it is that you share with the world what God has done in your life…that’s what the important thing is.  Sharing with others what we have been told, sharing with others what God has reveal to us, sharing with others what God is doing or has done in our lives.  The point being that the lamb told the shepherd who told the King…and once the king found out…then he was able to get the word out too.

I realize today we have so many different ways to tell people things.  We can Facebook them, Tweet it, Blog about it, but the whole point is we need to be diligent about sharing about what it is we’ve heard, and what God’s done…and that what we’ve heard and what God has done in our lives…He wants to do in the lives of others…Amen!?!

In this song, God chose a shepherd boy’s voice to tell others about what he had heard and, as a result, an entire nation heard about Jesus’ birth. What about today? If we want people to know about a Savior that has been born, we have to take the time to share with others what He is revealing to us. Lives are changed when we tell the people in our lives what God has shown and done for us.

Remember the other day that I was talking to you about Mary, and how God uses the seemingly unimportant people to accomplish great things?  Here again, God uses a lamb to tell a shepherd boy about the birth of Jesus…and get the word to the king.

Friends, we’re all shepherd boys to those around us.  Whether it be our work place, our neighborhood, or even our families.  I’m not saying that we’re unimportant people, but what I am saying is that if you feel like I did at one time about not being worthy to be any good for the kingdom of God…then you’re just the kind of person God is looking for.

Listen, the Bible says that God will use the foolish things of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise.  You may feel like a foolish thing in the world, but to God you’re a little shepherd boy who can be used to announce history.  You might be a cashier at Walmart, but you have an opportunity to share God’s love with people every day.  I am a route driver for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts…and I have the opportunity to share the love of God with so many people.  No matter where I go, I am an ambassador for Christ…and as that ambassador for Him…don’t you know that I can preach without even saying a word!?!

I like what the last line says here, and with this I believe I’ll close.  “If we want people to know about the Savior…we have to take the time to tell people about Him.”  Who can you be a little shepherd boy to?  Don’t you think it’s time to go and share the good news of what God’s done in your life?

You know the neatest thing about Facebook and Twitter…is that you can tell all your fans, friends and followers by posting something simple. You don’t have to post a sermon…you could simply post something like:  Jesus loves you.  Don’t you know that might be exactly what someone needed to read?

Don’t be like the foolish man building a bigger barn for his corn…share your goods with the world…so that they too can know what it’s like to have the Savior in their lives…Amen!?!

Questions:

  • What has God shown or told you lately that you should be sharing with others?
  • In what ways does God reveal Himself to you?

In Closing:

I don’t have much to say in closing this message…I’d just like to say like I said the other day when we were talking about Mary.  I’m sure one of the things Mary thought as she was being given this remarkable revelation that she had found such favor with God that she was the chosen woman to bring Jesus into the world.  I remember for many, many years when I knew that God had chosen me to be in ministry I remembered thinking and saying that I’ve no idea what God could use me for…but God’s used me to reach nations just by writing these messages.  Paul writes about how there are no insignificant parts in the body of Christ…and that’s really the truth.

We all have a part to play.  We all have a job to do in carrying out the Great Commission, and going into all the world.  I’ve said it before, and I feel like I need to say it again in closing…”God doesn’t call the qualified…He qualifies those who He has called and chosen.”.  It’s up to us to be willing to share like the shepherd boy…it’s up to Him to prepare us for the work that we will do for Him.

Believe me, friends…I know that’s true because every day God’s helping me to be a better writer, but all He wants from me is the willingness to write.  All He wants from you is the willingness to be used to tell the world whatever it is He wants you to tell them…and He will take care of the rest.

So…I’ll close with this question:  What has God shown or told you that you should be sharing with others?  Don’t you think it’s about time you get busy sharing it?

“Be strong & take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm. 31:24
Blessings & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA