Luke 2:1-7 – The Time Came

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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)

INTRO

  • 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
  • ALL THINGS HAVE POINTED TO THIS

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

Redemption

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

Reconciliation

  • To make right
  • Change completely
  • Restore a relationship
  • GOD AN HIS CREATION
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)

Nehemiah 5:1-19 – “Opposition from within”

Nehemiah 5:1-19

INTRO

  • Chapter 4 – opposition from the outside
  • Chapter 5  – opposition from within
  • Dealing with internal conflict
  • Expect it (we live in a fallen world
  • Prepare for it
  • Deal with it rightly (biblically, in fear of God)
  • Nehemiah again gives a great lesson in leadership

The Outcry of the People – vv. 1-5

There was an outcry of the people.

  • They were in need of food
  • They had mortgaged their property
  • Bartered their own children.

The problem was from within

  • It was not done by the enemy, but by fellow Jews
  • They should have been doing all that was possible to help each other.

They were taking advantage of one another.

  • High interest
  • Looking out only for themselves
  • Selfish and Greedy

Nehemiah’s Solution – vv. 6-11

NOT BE RIGHT…. BUT GET IT RIGHT!

He was upset – v. 6

  • Burdened, Righteous Anger

He sought the truth – v. 7

  • Prayed
  • Pondered

Spoke Plainly

  • Biblical communication – Matt. 18:15-20
  • Speak the truth in love – Eph. 4:15
  • Deal with the issues at hand

Focused on the Lord

  • Their sin is against a holy God
  • It impacted their walk
  • It impacted their witness

Provided the solution

  • Repent
    • Recognize the sin
    • Turn from the sin
    • Live differently

Nehemiah’s Example – vv. 14-17

His preaching matched his living

  • His money
  • His stuff
  • His work
    • Diligent
    • Disciplined

They were greedy… Nehemiah was a giver – v. 14

  • Took care of 150 men – vv. 17-18
  • NOT ME… BUT OTHERS

He did all to please God – v. 19