Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jesus is Born! (Luke 2.1-1)

Scripture: Luke 2.1-20
Translation: 2.1And it happened in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to take a census of the whole empire. 2This first census happened when Quirinius was governing Syria. 3And all people traveled to be registered in the census, each one to his own city. 4And so Joseph went up form Galilee from the city of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was from the dynasty and lineage of David, 5to get registered in the census with Mary, who was engaged to him, who was pregnant. 6And it happened when they were there that the days were up such that she was giving birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son. And she wrapped Him in cloths and put Him up in the feeding trough, because there was not a place for them in the inn. 8And shepherds were in this field living outside and keeping the night watch over there flock. 9And an angel of the Lord stood in front of them and the Lord’s glory shined around them. And they were absolutely terrified. 10And the angel said to them, “Don’t be scared, because, look, I am telling you the good news about a great joy which is for the whole people. 11Namely that, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord, was born to you in the city of David. 12And this is the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped up and lying in a feeding trough. 13And all of a sudden a multitude of the army of heaven came to be with the angel, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest places! And peace on earth among the blessed men!” 15And it happened as the angels went away from them to heaven that the shepherd were speaking to one another: “So, we should go all the way to Bethlehem and see if this message is what happened, which the Lord made known to us. 16And they went hurrying and looked for Mary, Joseph, and the baby lying in the feeding trough. 17and after they saw, they made known about the message spoken to them about this baby. 18And all those who heard were amazed about the things spoken by the shepherd to them. 19And Mary held on to all of it, reflecting on these words in her heart. 20And the shepherds left glorifying and praising God because of all that they heard and saw just as was spoken to them. 21And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising Him, His Name was called Jesus, the [name] given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

1.      Structure
a.       The Birth of Jesus (vv.1-7)
b.      The Shepherds Respond to the Angelic Message (vv.8-20)
c.       Jesus is Named Jesus (v.21)
2.      Themes
a.       Angels
b.      Message/messengers
c.       Power
d.      Glory and praise to God
e.       Signs
f.       Fulfilled promises/prophecies/messages
g.      Davidic Messiah
h.      Savior
i.        Peace
j.        Names/naming
3.      Doctrines
a.       Jesus is the Messiah
b.      Jesus is Lord/God
c.       God is Sovereign
d.      God is Faithful
e.       Angels are real and act as God’s messengers
f.       Jesus was born of a virgin in Bethlehem the prophesied city

1.      Outline
a.       Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, so He is and must be contemplated and celebrated
                                                              i.      Jesus is the Messiah
1.      Son of David
2.      God
                                                            ii.      Jesus is the Savior 
1.      Peace on Earth for those blessed by God
2.      God Saves
                                                          iii.      We must contemplate the significance and meaning of Who He Is
                                                          iv.      We must celebrate Him as our Messiah and Savior
b.      God is faithful and Sovereign, so He is and must be glorified and praised
                                                              i.      God is Sovereign
                                                            ii.      God is Faithful
                                                          iii.      We must glorify Him
                                                          iv.      We must praise Him
c.       The message is amazing and true, so it has been and must be shared
                                                              i.      Angels are expected not weird
                                                            ii.      It really happened this way, it was based off eyewitness testimony. These are shepherds
                                                          iii.      The sign came true: God often gives signs to make it clear that what He has said is truly from Him
                                                          iv.      The natural response of knowing and seeing Who God is and Who Jesus is is to share the good news. It is to be so filled with joy, you just have to tell people
                                                            v.      Moreover, the good news is for all God’s people, and to some degree that means all people, because God’s people are drawn from all the different peoples of the earth
2.      Discussion Question
a.       How easy is it for you to take some time during the Christmas season to truly contemplate what it means that God sent Jesus as promised and that Jesus is the Messianic Savior? Why?
b.      Take a minute to silently contemplate the significance of God’s faithfulness and Sovereignty.
c.       Take another minute to silently contemplate the significance of Jesus being the Messianic Savior.
d.      Discuss your emotional response to the good news? Do you still respond to it as good news? Does it give you joy? Why or Why not?
e.       Have you shared the good news of Christ recently? Why or why not? Do you see it as good news for everyone?
f.       Discuss you might say to someone who is wondering why they should accept this good news about Jesus for themselves? Would your answers help you if you were the one wondering why?


1.      Telling the good news about Jesus for us should be like the woman who gets engaged. She gets so excited and happy. She explodes with joy and she just has to tell everyone and show them her ring and tell the world how her man proposed. In the same way, we should be exploding with Joy that Jesus is our King and Savior

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