In the Christmas story found in Matthew and Luke there are eight titles given to this baby. One is found in Matthew 1:16 which is Christ. This title speaks of Him as the Messiah. The second is in 1:21 and it is Jesus. We are told from this title He will save His people from their sin. The third is in 1:23 which is Emmanuel and it means God is with us. The fourth is in 2:2 and it is King of the Jews. The fifth is in 2:2 and it is His star. The sixth is in 2:6 and is the term Governor. It speaks of one who rules over all. The seventh is in 2:15 and it is my son. The eight is in 2:23 and it is The Nazarene, which means the separated one. It takes eight names to describe our Lord, you can sum me up with three letters. (tom)
We are today in Va. with our son who pastor’s there. Think upon Luke 2: 10-11 today which says, And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, which is Christ the Lord. There are three treasures in this text one is fear not. It appears 365 times in the Bible, one for every day. The second is good tidings which is the gospel or good news. His coming is the greatest news ever told. The third treasure is great joy which is joy unspeakable and full of glory. This all come from His three titles. The one is Saviour, the one who pays the price for sin, certainly this takes away fear. The second is Christ the Messiah or anointed one. This is the good news. The last is the Lord, the one who is, was, and shall ever be. My what joy that floods my soul.
In Luke 1:9 the angel of the Lord makes the announcement of Christ birth. Who is he? In the O. T. he made several appearance. Many be live he is a personal visible manifestation of Christ Himself. Christ is in the manger being born and on the hill side telling the shepherds of His own birth. How can this be? He is all God and all man. He told Nicodemus in John 3:13. I’m the one who came down from heaven and in heaven at the same time. My! My! what a saviour.
Look today with me to Luke 2:8-9 which says, And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Why would our Lord make His birth announcement to shepherds.One reason is because of their lowliness. They were always in the most humble of situation. Another reason is because of their faithfulness . They were watching the flock at night. David the shepherd took on a bear and lion to keep his flock safe. The last reason was their uniqueness.Our Lord was the good shepherd, the great shepherd, and the Bishop and Shepherd of my soul. On top of that He who was the Shepherd became a lamb that I a sheep could be with the shepherd.
In Luke 2:7 the Bible says, And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for then in the inn. In this one sentence God shares so much truth. There is first of all a past fulfillment.Isaiah said 750 years before she would have a son She was to call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us. There is also a future fact. The thought of swaddling clothes speaks of burial garments. The fact is He did not come to live but to die. The last truth is a present form. We are told there was no room in the inn and He was laid in a manger. All of these speak of the fashion of He humbled Him self and took on the form of a servant. My our Lord can say a bunch in a short space.
We are musing from home these days. I had a sweet am service with the good folks at Revival Baptist in Blairsviile, Ga yesterday. I want to look at Luke 2:4-5 which says, And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;(because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife being great with child. I am amazed at this young couple, not only did they believe that He was in control but they practice it. Just think of the questions asked on the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Questions like how long you all been married? Oh we aren’t married, just engaged.( Response WHAT!!!) Maybe they heard this question What you all want a boy or a girl. Oh it is going to be a boy. How do you know? Well an angel told us. ( Response WHAT!!!!) the city was Bethlehem (house of bread) Surely this couple had partaken of the bread of His sovereign control.
Let us begin today to look at Luke 2:1-3 which says, And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. There are several questions answered for the Bible student here. One is, Who was to be taxed? (all the world) The word world means a part of a whole. This law of first mention in the N. T. should be looked at carefully. The next question is, Why were they to be taxed? Caesar Augustus was fighting wars on several fronts and needed monies to outfit his soldiers. I wonder is there a divine reason? The third question is Where were they to be taxed? ( into their own city) I wonder does God need someone, somewhere at sometime, to do something.