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God’s Power and the Birth of the Savior

December 8th, 2019

Minoh International Church
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso
Luke 2:8-15
ルカによる福音書 2:8-15


Does the name, Travis Tritt, ring a bell?

Now he’s a famous Country singer, but before he made it big, Tritt spent years playing in small out-of-the-way bars and taverns. He said that (as you might expect) these were dangerous places. His fans were mostly drunks who had a hard time controlling their tempers. Thus… bar fights would break out, and even entertainers were in danger. How did he handle those risky crowds? He wrote:

“Just when [bar fights] started getting out of hand, when bikers were reaching for their pool cues and rednecks were heading for the gun rack, I’d start playing, ‘Silent Night.’ It could be the middle of July — I didn’t care. Sometimes they’d even start crying, standing there watching me sweat and play Christmas carols.”
「ある日、バーでの喧嘩が手に負えなくなり、バイカー達はビリヤードのキューという玉突き棒を手に持ち構え、喧嘩相手の田舎の労働者達は棚から銃を手に取ろうとしていました。そこで私は、 『サイレントナイト』を演奏し始めました。それはクリスマスでもない時期外れな7月の中旬だったと思いますが、私は気にせずサイレントナイトを演奏し続けました。すると、喧嘩をしていた彼らは立ち止まり、泣き出し、クリスマスキャロルを汗を流しながら演奏している私をじっと見つめていたのでした。」

The singing of a few Christmas carols brought peace to a bunch of drunken men in a tavern. And you know, Christmas carols can do that, because the original carol promised exactly that: “Peace to men.”
このようにクリスマスの賛美歌は、居酒屋で酔っ払った男達の心に平和をもたらしました。クリスマスキャロル、クリスマスの賛美歌はそのように人々に働くのです。そもそも、クリスマスキャロルには:「Peace to men /人々に平和を」と言う賛美歌があるように、そのような力があるのです。

Luke 2:14 tells us the angels sang a carol over 2000 years ago. And that carol declared: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

“Peace to men” – that was the promise of that first carol. And without God’s peace, the world can be a very violent place. Likewise, in the birth of Jesus, the power of God was on parade before the eyes of men.
「Peace to men /人々に平和を」-それが、最初のクリスマスの賛美歌が歌っていることでした。そして、神の平和がなければ、世界は非常に暴力的な場所になってしまう可能性があります。同様に、イエスが誕生したことによって、神の力は人々の目の前で次々に見せられることになります。これから神の三つの力についてお話しします。まず、「神の恵みの力」についてお話しします。

  1. The power of God’s grace – verses 8-12

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:8-12 NIV

8 さて、この地方で羊飼たちが夜、野宿しながら羊の群れの番をしていた。9 すると主の御使が現れ、主の栄光が彼らをめぐり照したので、彼らは非常に恐れた。10 御使は言った、「恐れるな。見よ、すべての民に与えられる大きな喜びを、あなたがたに伝える。11 きょうダビデの町に、あなたがたのために救主がお生れになった。このかたこそ主なるキリストである。12 あなたがたは、幼な子が布にくるまって飼葉おけの中に寝かしてあるのを見るであろう。それが、あなたがたに与えられるしるしである」

ルカによる福音書 2:8-12 JLB

In those days, shepherds were considered to be at the lowest rung of the social ladder. Their work not only kept them away from the temple and the synagogue, but it made them ceremonially unclean. Yet in His grace, God gave the first announcement of the Savior’s birth to lowly shepherds!

Mary’s song is true.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble.

Luke 1:52


ルカによる福音書 1:52

Yes, it’s a fact that shepherds were outcast by society as vile and filthy; outcast by religion as defiled and unfit to worship. However, they were chosen by Almighty God to hear the first birth announcement.

How appropriate that the very men who raised the lambs for the Temple sacrifices were the first to meet the Lamb of God! God came there first because of pure grace.

It’s His grace that brought the Son of God to come in human flesh. It’s His grace that reaches down to each one of us. It’s His grace that brings us salvation that we have not earned nor merited, “so that none of us can boast.”
神の御子が人間の体を形取られたのは「恵み」です。神の恵みは私たち一人一人に届くのです。神の恵み は「救い」をもたらしてくれます。でも、その救いは「私たちの誰もが自慢できないように」私たちが獲得したり、価値をつけたりすることはできないのです。

When I think of God’s grace in operation in our lives, it should make us humble. It should make us want to reach out to others without prejudice, without favoritism, without an air of superiority. It reaches out even to the most undeserving.

  1. The power of God’s glory – verses 13-14

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)


ルカによる福音書 2:13-14

The “great choir” of angels proclaimed the glory of the Lord. Actually, Luke’s Gospel is filled with praise (1:64; 2:13, 28; 5:25-26; 7:16; 13:13; 17:15, 18; 18:43; 19:37; 23:47; 24:53).
天使たちの「偉大な聖歌隊」は主の栄光を伝えました。実際、ルカの福音書は賞賛に満ちています。(1:64; 2:13, 28; 5:25-26; 7:16; 13:13; 17:15, 18; 18:43; 19:37; 23:47; 24:53を参照してください。)

This multitude of the heavenly host had just now descended from on high, to honor the new-born Prince of peace.

To give His parents the fullest conviction of His glory and excellence; and, To teach the shepherds, who were about to be the first proclaimers of the Gospel, what to think and what to speak of Him, who, while He appeared as a helpless infant, was the object of worship to the angels of God.
一つ目は、.生まれた子の両親にその子の栄光といかに卓越した力を持つ子であるかを教えるためでした。 そして、2つ目は、天使たちにとって崇拝すべき神の子が無力な人間の幼児として現れた時、福音を最初に宣べ伝えるべき羊飼い達が、どう考え、他の人々にどのように伝えるべきかを教えるためでした。

“Glory to God in the highest heaven” (v.14) – The design of God, in the birth of Jesus, was to manifest the hidden glories of His nature, and to reconcile men to each other and to Himself. The angels therefore declare that this incarnation shall manifest and promote the glory of God.

These things the angels desire to look into. They were curious about what God is doing.

12 It was revealed to them [prophets] that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

1 Peter 1:12


ペテロの第一の手紙 1:12

The incarnation of Jesus Christ has an infinite and eternal benefit. Heaven and earth both partake of the fruits of it, and through it, angels and men become one family (Ephesians 3:15).
天上にあり地上にあって「父」と呼ばれているあらゆるものの源なる父に祈る。(エペソ人への手紙 3:15)

“And on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” – Men are in a state of hostility with Heaven and with each other. The carnal mind is enmity against God. He who sins wars against his Maker.

When we become reconciled to God, through the death of His Son, we learn to love one another. We know we have peace with God; peace in our own consciences; and peace with our neighbors: God’s favor dwells among us.

  1. The power of God’s gift

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Luke 2:15


ルカによる福音 書 2:15

The shepherds came and worshipped the baby and were forever changed by their meeting with Jesus. They came out of curiosity and left rejoicing in the glory of eternal life. They came wondering what they would find, and they left witnessing about the One who had found them. The power of God in changing lives is glorious.
羊飼い達はやって来て、赤ん坊を崇拝し、イエスとの出会いによって彼らは永遠に変えられました。彼らは初めは好奇心からやって来ましたが、永遠の命の栄光という喜びを得ることができました。彼らは何があるのだろうかと物見高い気持ちで来ましたが、逆に羊飼いを見つけてくださった方である神のことを伝えることができました。 このように私達の人生を変える神の力は輝かしいものです。

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17


コリント人への手紙第二 5:17

The first human ambassadors of the Gospel were humble shepherds who hastened to see the Baby and then told everybody what they had seen and heard.

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

Luke 2:17


ルカによる福音書 2:17

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:20


ルカによる福音書 2:20

The original verb for “found” in verse 16 means “to find after a search.” The Magi had a star to guide them (Matthew 2), but all the shepherds had was the sign given them by the angel (v.12). The shepherds, like the angels before them, glorified and praised God (v.20).

J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians 1:19-20, “How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God.” When we make firm our connection with God, his life and power flow through us.,br4:


In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.”


Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.” He totally missed the big news–man had flown! 

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us the Gift of a Savior. Let’s not miss that big news, the true powerful message of Christmas!