Okolona Christian Church
Waymaker: Shepherds (JOY)
Andrew "Fitz" Fitzgibbon
December 11, 2022

Waymaker: Shepherds (JOY)

December 11, 2022

John 10:10 NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have , and have it to the .


Jesus’ arrival is THE in history.


Luke 2.8-20 NLT
 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you that will bring to all people. 11 The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, 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.” 15 When 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.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.


Luke 2.18 NLT
All who heard the shepherds’ story were

Other versions: amazed
                           filled with wonder


Do you still find in this wonder-filled story?


“I hope I never recover from this. I hope I maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”
-William Shatner


A lack of is the greatest to joy in your life.


Zechariah 9:16 NLT
On that day the Lord their God will rescue his people, just as a rescues his sheep.


John 10:11 NLT
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”


Revelation 7:17 NLT
For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.


Joy does not depend on because it is found in a .


Phil. 4.4 NLT
Always be full of in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!


Luke 2.17 NLT
After seeing him, the shepherds told what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.


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