Good morning and praise the Lord dearly loved ones in Christ. On this Christmas Eve of 2012 I'm sure many thoughts are turning to our Lord who was born in Bethlehem. For us, reflections on our Lord's birth move us to celebrate all that His birth, life, death, resurrection and soon return mean for us in the here and now and eternity.
We celebrate the birth of our Lord because His birth, life and death speak of His tremendous humility for His people. Biblical humility is mainly the virtue of putting the needs, issues and interests of others before your own rights and privileges. So here is Jesus, the eternal Son of the living God, heir of the the throne of King David and absolute ruler of God's eternal kingdom being born in a stable, put in a feeding trough in a small out of the way village and loved by poor parents who had no political or religious standing. He comes as the fulfillment of all of God's promises of salvation beginning with the promise recorded in Gen. 3:15 and as an expression of the power of God who alone can cause a virgin to conceive and give birth.
He comes to a world and a people marked by brokenness, pain, sorrow, oppression, turmoil, hostility, pride, injustice, selfishness and sin and brings healing, wholeness, freedom, peace, humility, justice, righteousness, sacrifice, reconciliation and salvation.
He comes as our great Savior, merciful High Priest, good Shepherd, faithful Prophet and glorious King. He comes to rescue us from sin and bring us into eternal, blessed, wondrous fellowship with the living God. He come as the One who loves us to free us from our sins and make us a kingdom of priest to serve His God and Father forever. And that's why we celebrate the birth of our Lord.
enjoy a gracious day in our Lord
Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)
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.
What is the plain straightforward teaching of this passage? (What does the passage teach in plain English)
What does the passage teach about God's character and nature that motivates you to thank, praise, worship, desire to know, love and delight in Him?
Is there at least one thing from the passage that you can reflect on throughout the rest of the day?
What does the passage teach about the person and work of Jesus Christ?
What aspects of biblical character does the passage call you to pursue? (or what aspects of our sinful nature does the passage call us to avoid?)