SERMONS & TEACHING

  4th Sunday of Advent:               Luke 2:1-20                   CVCC Handout                   19 December 2021

Christ’s Birth and Announcement

            The birth of a baby is always a bit of an adventure.  As far as the delivery goes, the account of Jesus’ birth seems to have been essentially normal.  But the rest of His birth was rather abnormal.

 

I. God Chose the Birthplace of His Son, Jesus (vv. 1-7; Mic. 5:2, 4-5a).

A. Secular ruler’s announcement was given in God’s timing (vv. 1-2).

B. The forced relocation came at an inconvenient time (vv. 3-6; II Cor. 8:9).

    1. Everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
    2. Joseph, with Mary, went from Nazareth in Galilee to the city of David.

a. Because he was of the house and family of David.

b. They went from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register there (Lk. 2:22-24; Lev. 12:6-8).

C. Mary gave birth in a makeshift setting (vv. 6-7; Gal. 4:4-5).

D. After God’s Son was born (v. 7): she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger.

II. God Invited Shepherds to Celebrate with Him (vv. 8-15).

A. Shepherds received the shock of their lives! (vv. 8-9).

    1. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the field.
    2. They were keeping watch at night over their flocks, protecting them.
    3. Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood before them!
    4. The glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

B. The angel’s message and invitation from God (vv. 10-12; Is. 49:6; Jn. 12:32; Ezek. 16:4).

    1. Do not be afraid; for I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people.
    2. Today in David’s city there’s been born for you a Savior, Christ the Lord.
    3. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

C. The angelic celebration (vv. 13-14; Ps. 23; Jn. 10:11-18, 27-30).

    1. Suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host.
    2. Praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men with whom He is pleased. (Jn. 3:16; 14:27; Rom. 5:1; Phil. 4:6-9; Rev. 5:9-12).

D. Then the angels returned to heaven (v. 15).

III. The Shepherds Accepted God’s Invitation (vv. 15-20).

A. They believed the message and acted upon it (vv. 15).

B. By doing what they were instructed to do (vv. 15-16).

    1. They decided to go. Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, and see this thing that’s happened which the Lord has made known to us.
    2. They came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

C. They testified to these things (vv. 17-19).

    1. When they had seen this, they made known what they had been told about this Child.
    2. All who heard them wondered at the things told by the shepherds.
    3. Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

D. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as had been told them (vv. 20).

 

            Many people have heard the Christmas story without any real impact on them.  How about you?  Will you obey what God tells you to do?  Will you tell others about the amazing things God has done for them?  Let’s not let another Christmas pass without it having a dramatic effect upon us.