Based upon Luke 2:8-20, the angel's
announcement to humble shepherds of the birth of
Christ the Lord, George Kouri proclaims the real message of Christmas.
Amazingly, the angel's announcement of
Messiah's birth didn't shock these shepherds.
Could it be that they were expecting this event?
Reared as Jewish men, they were actually expecting this event to
happen! In this insightful and powerful message Bishop Kouri deals with
the question: "What was the Christmas expectation of the people at the time of Christ's birth in Bethlehem?"
One of the greatest authentications that Jesus is the
Christ, the promised Messiah, is that what happened that night was
exactly what the shepherds expected to happen. God had
revealed to Daniel the prophet that during the time of the Roman Empire
the Messiah would come. Later God revealed to Daniel the exact time
that the Messiah would come. As a result the entire Jewish world was
filled with expectation! They knew what the prophets had promised.
What did the prophets promise? What were the people expecting? What was the "Hope of Israel"? Why
is it important to us today? It is important because the Hope of Israel
in the first century has now become the Hope of the Church of Jesus
Christ in our century !
To hear this message click here.
Posted on Tue, December 22, 2009
by George Kouri