by Pastor Steve
Luke 2:1-24 (NKJV)
Intro: Prophecy given by Jacob: Genesis 49:10
The prophecy of Shiloh's coming was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was Shiloh who was to come. His coming into the world was surrounded by the most unusual events.
1. The miraculous taxation (v.1-6). The taxation was used by God to fulfill His plan for the birth of the Messiah. Micah 5:2
2. The shocking place of birth (v.7). Jesus was born in a smelly stable, born in poverty, obscurity and loneliness. Jesus was born in humiliation. He was born into a corruptible world full of sin and selfishness, greed and unkindness.
3. The unbelievable appearance of a real angel to shepherds (v.8-12). Shepherds would seldom be found praising and worshipping God; as a result they were looked upon as anything but worshippers. Their reputation was lowly at best, and religious people snubbed and ignored them. They were despised because they were unable to attend services and to keep the ceremonial laws of washing and cleansing. Their flocks just kept them too busy. What a beautiful foretaste of the salvation to come: God gave the first message of His Son to common shepherds, those looked upon as sinners.
4. The spectacular appearance of the heavenly host (v.13-14). God came to give: Glory to God, on earth peace and goodwill toward men.
5. The excited shepherds seeking evidence (v.15-18). They immediately decided to visit. They rushed to see for themselves. They acted with haste, rushed, hurried. They felt an urgency to act and to act now. They wasted no time. They shared the message. They first experienced seeing the child themselves, and then they shared their experience wherever they went. They were the first to bear witness to the Savior of the world. They caused a stir among the people.
6. The awe-stricken, pondering mother (v.19). This is a beautiful picture of a humble, trusting heart. Mary had been told that her child was of God, truly of God. Above all others she knew that the Messiah, the very Son of God, had now come.
7. The common, non-religious shepherds worshipping God (v.20). God had spoken to them and they had received the message. They obeyed God's instructions to seek out the Messiah; therefore, they had been privileged to see the Messiah. They had reason to praise God.
8. The unusual naming of the child: named by God Himself (v.21). Luke 1:31. The child Jesus was named by God before He was conceived in the womb. The name Jesus means Savior or He will save. The Hebrew form of the name is Joshua which means Jehovah is salvation.
9. The unexpected observance of the legal ceremonies (v.22-23). “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
10. The deliberate choice of God to have a poor family bear His Son (v.24). God chose a poor family to rear His only Son in an ordinary home without any luxuries. No matter what we have to bear in life, Christ has already borne it - even poverty. He knows the suffering we undergo; therefore, He is able to strengthen and carry us through the suffering.
May you really know what the Christmas story is all about!
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