Luke 2 is about God coming close and speaking to His children. How should we respond to His voice this Christmas? Corrie Ten Boom was right when she said, If Jesus were born one thousand times in Bethlehem and not in me, then I would still be lost.
A Place Called Bethlehem: vv. 1-4
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
1. A city of prophecy . Micah 5:2
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
2. A city of history . Jeremiah 4:17
They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me, declares the Lord
3. A city of mystery . v. 4
A Response from the Characters of Christmas: vv. 7-20
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
15When 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.
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
1. Caesar Augustus: Detractor . v. 1
2. Shepherds: Seekers . vv. 9, 15-16
3. Wise men: Searchers . Matthew 2:1-2
4. Anna and Simeon: Believers . Luke 2:25-32
A 21st Century Response to The Christ of Christmas: 1 Peter 3:8-15
1. We must believe to get right. vv. 8-10
2. We must determine to live right. vv. 11-13
3. We must purpose to die right. vv. 14-15