Luke 2:1-7 – The Time Came

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 25th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 1:1-7 [1] In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. [2] This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. [3] And all went to be registered, each to his own town. [4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, [5] to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. [6] And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. [7] And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (ESV)


  • Over the past few weeks (in Luke) we have walked through the coming of Christ.
  • Through the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph
  • We saw the birth of John and now we see the birth of Jesus
  • As we gather this Christmas morning… lets consider these few words….THE TIME CAME

The Timing of His Birth

  • All things have pointed to the coming of Christ (His Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Return)
  • John MacArthur – “The message of Scripture is about God’s glory in man’s redemption through one central figure, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
  • Erik Thoennes – The main message of the Bible is that the one true God is displaying his glory primarily in redeeming and restoring his fallen creation by fulfilling his covenant promises and commands through the glorious person and atoning work of Christ
  • Genesis 3:15
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Micah 5:2

The Purpose of His Birth


  • To rescue
  • Saving captives for captivity (SINNERS FROM SIN)
  • Freedom given through a ransom


  • To make right
  • Change completely
  • Restore a relationship
Ephesians 1:7

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)
Colossians 1:13-14

[9] And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [11] being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; [12] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
Colossians 1:20-22

[19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

[21] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, [22] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, [23] if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (ESV)

Luke 2:1-21 – “The Birth of Christ” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 19th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:1-21


  • Do we really consider the meaning of Christmas?
  • Have we stopped to consider how life changing the meaning of Christmas is?
  • We celebrate the birth of Christ, but do we really understand the life changing impact of what this birth means?
  • It is so much more that a fun and family filled holiday… the coming of Christ literally changed the world!
  • Has Jesus Christ changed your life?

The Timing – vv. 1-5

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

In those days

Consider all the circumstances

  • Mary and Joseph
  • The Govt
  • Lineage – Bethlehem, King David
  • Inn Keeper

It is a glorious picture of:

  • God’s use of people and events to accomplish His will.
    • Chance and luck do not exist.
  • God’s faithfulness
  • God’s eternal plan and purpose
  • God’s redemption story

From the beginning, God has had a plan.  For all eternity, God has had a plan.  From the beginning, Jesus was at the center of that plan.

  • The Messiah would be the seed/offspring of a woman and would crush the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15).
  • He would come from the seed/offspring of Abraham and would bless all the nations on earth (Genesis 12:3).
  • He would be a “prophet like Moses” to whom God said we must listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).
  • He would be born in Bethlehem of Judah (Micah 5:2).
  • He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
  • He would have a throne, a kingdom and a dynasty, or house, starting with King David, that will last forever (2 Samuel 7:16).
  • He would be called “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace,” and would possess an everlasting kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7).
  • He would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, righteous and having salvation, coming with gentleness (Zechariah 9:9-10).
  • He would be pierced for our transgression and crushed for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5).
  • He would die among the wicked ones but be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9).
  • He would be resurrected from the grave, for God would not allow His Holy One to suffer decay (Psalm 16:10).
  • He would come again from the clouds of heaven as the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14).
  • He would be the “Sun of Righteousness” for all who revere Him and look for His coming again (Malachi 4:2).
  • He is the One whom Israel will one day recognize as the One they pierced, causing bitter grief (Zechariah 12:10).

The Birth – vv. 6-7

She gave birth to her firstborn son

Luke 1:26-38

  • Favored one – full of grace
  • Lord is with you
  • Call His name Jesus – Lord Salvation
  • Great…Son of the Most High – His deity.
  • Throne of David
  • Reign over the House of Jacob forever
  • Kingdom will be no end.


  • He is faithful
  • We can trust Him and His Word
  • We may not understand (think about Mary and Joseph) how the events of the day will impact all eternity, but we can be sure that God is a God that is working in and through all things for His Glory.
  • HIS WORK = JESUS the Gospel
  • He was born, and lived, died, and rose from the dead.

He came to seek and to save that which was lost – (Luke 19:10)

He came to give life and give life more abundantly – (John 10:10)