The First Christmas

Luke 1:76-80 (ESV) ~ “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.”

 

Luke 2:1-19 (ESV) ~ “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 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, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

 

The Meaning of Christmas

 

  • The Beginning of Man’s Pardon (verses 76-78)
    • This day would be without meaning unless we relate it to Calvary – He was born to die.
    • John the Baptist was to be the prophet of the Highest, to prepare the Lord’s way, a forerunner of the Messiah, proclaim salvation, proclaim forgiveness of sins, proclaim the heavenly Son’s rise.
    • Christ, the Messiah, is called “the Son of righteousness”, the “Dayspring from on High,” the morning light, the rising sun.
    • The Messiah was being sent through the tender mercy of God.

 

  • The Bringing of Man’s Peace (verses 79-80)
    • Luke 2:27 (ESV) ~ “And He came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,”
    • The Messiah was being sent to give light …
      • To those who sit in darkness
      • To those who are in the shadow of death
      • To guide our feet into the way of peace

 

 

The Message of Christmas

 

  • A Message of Comfort (verses 8-10)
    • Fear Not
    • For Good Tidings – Same as Gospel
    • For Great Joy – For ALL People

 

  • A Message of Cheer
    • About God’s Savior
    • About God’s Salvation
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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