Luke 2:8-21 – “The Birth of Christ” part 2

Luke 2:1-21

Intro thoughts

  • The real meaning of Christmas. The coming of the redeemer.
  • The angels announced
  • The shepherds responded
  • Pretty simple.
  • Jesus came, lived, died, rose from the grave, reigns from heaven, and will one day come again.
  • God has announced… How will we respond!

The Heavenly Announcement – vv. 8-14

The Meaning of His Birth

The glory of the Lord appeared

  • Heavenly brightness
  • A display of God’s presence
  • Suddenly, Bright, Brings much fear

Good news of great joy

  • Isa 40:9; 52:7; 61:1–2

For all people

  • For all mankind.
  • All that will believe

Savior who is Christ the Lord

  • The wait is over
  • Savior – Horn of Salvation 1:69-71
  • Lord
    • Authority
    • Anointed King 1:32-33
    • Reign forever
    • Superior over all things

On earth peace

  • Justification – no more separation and hostility.

Among those with whom He is pleased

  • God came to man
  • God’s mercy and grace extended to those who can and will believe.

The Shepherds Praise – vv. 15-21

The Reaction to His Birth

Let us go

They were satisfied – This was it!

  • They Heard
  • They Believed
  • They Trusted
  • They Saw
  • They Shared (Made known)
  • They Praised

The Shepherds returned

  • Glorifying and Praising God
  • For what they had heard
  • For what they had seen
  • The spirit of God touched their Mind and Heart
    • It was personal
    • It was life changing

Scripture

Isaiah 40:9

[9] Go on up to a high mountain,

              O Zion, herald of good news;

lift up your voice with strength,

              O Jerusalem, herald of good news;

              lift it up, fear not;

say to the cities of Judah,

              “Behold your God!” (ESV)

Isaiah 52:7

[7] How beautiful upon the mountains

              are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

              who publishes salvation,

              who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (ESV)

Isaiah 61:1–2

[1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

              because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

              he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

              and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

[2] to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

              and the day of vengeance of our God;

              to comfort all who mourn; (ESV)

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