Reflecting His Majesty (Luke 2:1-20)
Gearl Spicer, December 20, 2020
Part of the Alive @ Christmas series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 2:1–20 (Listen)
2:1 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.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 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. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 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.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Alive @ Christmas
Reflecting His Majesty
*Do you remember the last time you were startled?
*We are alive in these moments to reflect the glory of Jesus!
*In the same regions there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. vs. 8
*Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with who He is pleased. vs. 14
*So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. vs. 16
I. His plan—Moved them Bethlehem—vs. 1-7
A. Fulfillment of prophecy
B. Perfect timing of His arrival
*For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. II Corinthians 8:0
*By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. I Timothy 3:16
II. His arrival—-Ushered in the glory of heaven—vs. 8-14
A. Shepherds were captured
B. Angels were announcing
C. Multitude was praising
III. The announcement—Created momentum and motivation—vs. 15-20
A. No deterrents in their pursuit
B. Discovery was ordained by God
C. Majesty was unmistakable
Take away—The majesty of Jesus changes our reality in supernatural ways!
Are you in pursuit of His majesty?