Sermon #12 Luke Sermons
Title: THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR
Text: Luke 2:1-7
Subject: The Birth Of Christ
Date: Sunday Evening –
Tape # V-44b
I want us to read the first seven verses of Luke 2. In this passage, we have before us the story of a birth.
J. C. Ryle properly stated, “Every birth of a living child is a marvelous event. It brings into being a soul that will never die.”
But these verses do not describe just any child’s birth. What we have before us here is the birth of the incarnate Son of God (not the birth of the Son of God; but the birth of the incarnate Son of God), the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Never, since the world began, was there such a birth.
· This was the birth of him for whom and by whom the worlds were made.
· Here we see God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. ).
· What we have before us in these verses is the birth of him of whom all the law and the prophets of the Old Testament spoke.
Illustration: Cinderella’s Slipper
Let’s read the Luke’s inspired narrative of our Savior’s birth – Luke 2:1-7.
Lord Jesus Christ was born as a man at
This is exactly what our Lord Jesus himself tells us in Matthew , and what the Holy Spirit tells us in Galatians 4:4-5.
Divisions: I want us to focus our attention on four aspects of our Savior’s birth tonight.
1. Its Purpose
2. Its Time
3. Its Place
4. Its Manner
I. THE PURPOSE OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH
A. The Lord Jesus Christ was the eternal Son of God before he came into this world in human flesh.
B. The Son of God has a people in this world called “his people,” before he came here to save them.
C. Jesus Christ came into this world on an errand of mercy, as our Substitute, Representative, and Covenant Surety, to save his people from their sins.
D. He did what he came here to do (Heb. 10:5-14).
The Lord Jesus Christ saves his people from their sins by three mighty acts of grace, which he alone could perform.
II. THE TIME OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH
We have before us a marvelous display of God’s wisdom. We are specifically informed that our Savior was born into this world in those days when Caesar Augustus, the first Roman emperor, made a “decree that all the world should be taxed.”
is an important fact in the whole scheme of things. You see, the Lord God
promised, through his servant Jacob, that
Our text tells us of the precise
fulfilment of Jacob’s prophecy. The Jews were under the dominion of
Divine providence had now arranged the best time possible for Christ to come into the world.
A. When he had fully proved that the world by wisdom knew not God (1 Cor. ), God stepped into the world to make himself known.
· Religious ritualism had left men and women utterly ignorant of God and morally bankrupt.
· The philosophers, poets, historians, architects, and rulers of all the Gentile world left the human race in spiritual darkness, moral corruption, and political violence that only grew worse with time.
B. Yet, at this precise time, for the first time since
C. Let us ever find solace for our souls in this fact. – All the events of this world, all history, all governments, all times are in the hands of our great God.
“My times are in thy hand” (Ps. 31:15). He always knows and always does what is best. We ought never worry and fret about the course and condition of this world, even in such dark days as these. We act like we know better than God what is best. What foolishness!
Martin Luther used to frequently say to his worrying, fretting friend, Philip Malancthon, “Philip, stop trying to govern the world.” We would be wise to heed those words. Let us ever live in this world as the loyal subjects of the all-wise King of kings and Lord of lords.
He who is our God is God indeed, God over all! He is too wise to err, too good to do wrong, and too strong to fail.
III. THE PLACE OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH
Our Savior was not born in
Nazareth of Galilee, where Mary and Joseph resided. Instead, he was born at
Once more, we have before us a marvelous display of God’s sovereign, absolute rule of all things in providence to accomplish the good purpose of his grace toward chosen sinners.
A. He who orders all things in heaven, earth, and hell, turns the hearts of kings whithersoever he will.
It was the Lord God who caused Augustus to make this decree and begin enforcing it at precisely the time when Mary’s pregnancy had come to full term.
Neither Augustus nor Cyrenius had any
idea what they were doing, or why. I have no doubt at all, being
typical politicians, they acted only upon the unprincipled principle of
expediency. What they were actually doing was carrying forth the eternal
designs of our God for the salvation of his people and the glory of his own
great name. Like the king of
act of the first Roman emperor was an act which laid the foundation for the
B. Our God graciously and wisely rules and over rules all things, the good and the evil, for the accomplishment of his will.
· Adam’s Fall
· Elimelech’s Move
· David and Bathsheba
· Judas’ Betrayal
C. Our heavenly Father’s providential rule of the universe ought to quieten our hearts, while we sail through the troubled waters of this world.
If we believe God, we should never be greatly disturbed by the affairs of this world, or the conduct of earthly rulers. We ought to regard all things as the will of God. We should look upon every action of every political ruler as the oracle of God. It mattered not whither Shemei cusses David or praises David, God blessed him! Let us learn to regard all men and all devils, too, as creatures of God Almighty, created to serve his purpose, without the ability to think, wiggle, or move, except by the will of God (Eccles. 5:8).
IV. THE MANNER OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH
Let us never forget, my brother, my sister, it was through his own great humiliation that the Son of God obtained eternal glory for us. It was through his life of holy suffering as well as his death that he obtained eternal redemption for us (2 Cor. 8:9).
Learn this, too, and learn it well. – God is no respecter of persons; and we must not be. We must never allow ourselves to form opinions of people’s character based upon their…
· Poverty or Wealth.
· Face or Place.
· Race or Rank
Application: I can think of no better way to bring this message to a close than by asking you to read Philippians 2:1-11 with me. May God the Holy Spirit give us grace to follow our Savior’s example in dealing with one another. O Holy Spirit, give us the mind of Christ.
1. If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2. Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.
3. [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
11. And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11)