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. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2:1-14 ESV
I. Comparing Caesar to Christ (1-5)
A. Luke gives us historical detail that pits Caesar against Christ and Caesar is no match for Christ. (Micah 5:2-5)
II. The Surprising Simplicity of Our Savior’s Birth (6-7)
A. Luke sums up the birth of Jesus succinctly, making it clear that Jesus’s birth was a simple one, without fanfare.
B. The birth of Jesus is an encapsulation of the Gospel, where God does not come to the proud but the poor in spirit and humility always precedes glory.
III. The Surprising Summoning of Shepherds (8-10)
A. The message of the angel is that because Jesus has come, we no longer have anything to fear.
B. The message of the angel was that God had come close and not condemn but comfort us.
IV. The Surprising Nature of Our Savior (11-12)
A. Jesus is God incarnate, which is critical to Christianity not just to the Christmas story.
B. Denying Jesus is God incarnate born of a virgin calls Jesus a liar & if He is a liar, He cannot be our Lord since He would be a lawbreaker just like the rest of us.
V. The Surprising Singing of Soldiers (13-14)
A. The angelic song instructs us to just praise God for who He is and reminds us that if we are in Christ, God is well pleased with us. (Matthew 3:16)
- Christ can sympathize because He knows what it means to be human.
- Christ born in a manger is useless unless Christ is born in me.
Two Messengers Luke 2:15-20