Luke2:4-14. A text that is often misused this time of year and more than that the fact that God wants us to celebrate the birth of Christ on a specific day, something the Bible mentions nowhere. But this is still something for our consideration. An extraordinary arrival of Him who would be king of kings. Bethlehem, a city of prophecy, Micah 5:2. The name of the town means house of bread, could there be a more fitting place for the Bread of Life.
There is an angelic appearance suddenly. Good news of great joy was proclaimed, peace on earth among those whom He would be pleased. And then this: Luke 2:15 - and it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another “ let us go straight to Bethlehem then and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” Let us know more about the extraordinary Jesus who arrived. One sermon will not be sufficient to give us that knowledge in what should be a lifelong pursuit. 1 Cor2:2 - Paul came to make known Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The greatest event in History - celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sears Tower in Chicago, 1729 feet tall, 110 floors, 2132 stairs if you walk to the top. And many other impressive numbers, 16000 tinted windows, etc. but nothing is more impressive than the portrait of our Savior. 7 portraits of Jesus: 1. Immanuel - God with us.
2. The infinite taking on the finite.
3. The Way, there is no other means to glory than through Him
4. The Word which enlivens us
5. The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world
6. The good shepherd The conquering king
7. The righteous judge. Psalm 77:12-13. Your way O God is holy, what god is great like our God? But just because something glorious happened in The past doesn’t mean God has stopped working. He is still at work today, even though not as visibly. Phil 2:12-13. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure. God is still involved in arranging circumstances for His good purposes, is still at work providentially just as He was in the circumstances involved in the birth of Jesus. And then there’s this thing that WILL happen. There will be a final day of reckoning that is approaching faster and faster. Everybody dies. Look at the response of the shepherds: Lu 2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
That is the fitting response to those who are familiar with the thing that happened. Compelled to praise and glorify God. That should be our response.