Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
February 27, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<135> Thesis: The sign was an encouragement to joy. Introduction: So far in our studies of Luke's record of the angelic visitation to the shepherds, we have argued that the purpose of the record is to focus upon God's desire for His people to experience the joy of His salvation as an on-going, daily reality. We have seen that the bottom line of this experience is the confidence that the "objective" barriers to an interpersonal, interactive relationship with the Most High God have all been removed by the activities of the Savior Who was born in the city of David in real time history more than 2000 years ago. By "objective" I mean those barriers which exist outside of the heart/mind realities of man's existence...those overt actions of sin which have generated a demand in Justice for punitive retribution in the form of distance from the Life of God...physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In light of the removal of the "objective" barriers, there remains only one problem: the removal of the "subjective" barrier of loveless unbelief. It is to this issue that the "sign" was given.