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1 July 28, 2013 Today’s Passage: Luke 2:8-20 (Please read if you have not done so)

2 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:6-7) “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son…” (Galatians 4:4a) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)

3 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:6-7)

4 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (Luke 2:8) “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you…” (Luke 2:11a) What does this passage teach us about this Savior?

5 By Jesus’ time, Jews hated shepherds because they were near the bottom of the social ladder. Shepherds were mostly uneducated and unskilled. They were viewed as dishonest, unreliable and because of that, not allowed to testify in court. Because of the constant care sheep required, shepherds couldn’t keep all the rites and rituals required by the Law, so they were viewed as being constantly ritually unclean. 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation.

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13 “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10b) 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. “…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3b) “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6b) “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

14 “…He is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11b) 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. κ ύ ριος (kyrios) – “Lord” ▪ he to whom a person or thing belongs. ▪ one who has control of the person, the master. ▪ the sovereign, prince, chief, king.

15 “…He is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11b) 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2) “I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:21) “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “…and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9)

16 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven…’” (Luke 2:13-14b) 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’” (Revelation 5:13)

17 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? “…on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14b NIV 1984) δόξα ἐ ν ὑ ψίστοις θε ῷ κα ὶ ἐ π ὶ γ ῆ ς ε ἰ ρήνη ἐ ν ἀ νθρώ π οις ε ὐ δοκίας

18 “…on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14b NIV 2011) “…on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14b ESV) “…on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14b KJV) “Glory to God in heaven and peace to people on earth who please him.” (Luke 2:14b JKV)

19 “…on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14b NIV 1984) ε ἰ ρ ή νη (eirene) – “peace” ▪ a state of tranquility. ▪ accord between individuals, harmony. ▪ the state of a soul assured of its salvation.

20 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

21 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was…to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:14-18)

22 1) The extent of the Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of the Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1)

23 “…on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14b NIV 1984) ε ὐ δοκ ί α (eudokia) – “goodwill, pleasure, favor” ▪ delight, pleasure, satisfaction. ▪ will, choice. ▪ that which God is pleased to do. “…through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:2)

24 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you…” (Luke 2:11a) “Double Cure” for sin ▪ Guilt – we are saved (justified) from sin’s penalty. ▪ Power – we are saved (sanctified) from sin’s power.

25 1) The extent of this Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of this Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? 4) What is the response to this Savior’s salvation? “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2:9)

26 “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord told us about.’” (Luke 2:15) ῥῆ μα (rhema) – “thing” ▪ that which is or has been uttered, word. ▪ what one has said. ▪ saying of any sort as a message, a narrative.

27 1) The extent of this Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of this Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? 4) What is the response to this Savior’s salvation? a) They believed it. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

28 “So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:16) σ π ε ύ δω speudo) – “hurried, made haste” ▪ to hurry, make haste ▪ to desire earnestly “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

29 1) The extent of this Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of this Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? 4) What is the response to this Savior’s salvation? a) They believed it. b) They were moved to act. “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26)

30 “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:17-18)

31 1) The extent of this Savior’s salvation. 2) The identity of this Savior. 3) What does this Savior’s salvation consist of? 4) What is the response to this Savior’s salvation? a) They believed it. b) They were moved to act. c) They spread the word.

32 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14)

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