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Path to the Manger

Luke 2:1-16, Matthew 2:1-12, Andrew Love, December 30, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • The journey to Bethlehem is only half the story
    • The shepherds came to the stable in faith
    • Later on when Jesus was a child, the wise men visited
    • They all worshiped before the infant Christ
    • We do not worship before an infant today but the Lord of all
    • We worship one who became man but is enthroned in heaven
  • Overview
    • Mary and Joseph
    • The Shepherds
    • The Wise Men

Mary and Joseph

  • What would it have meant for their journey
    • The would have passed various landmarks
    • It was not easy - no family was with them
      • They were betrothed but there was no marriage ceremony
    • She was 9 months pregnant
    • It was a long journey, not without danger
    • On arrival they discovered no room in the inn
      • What was going through their mind?
      • Only a stable or a cave - a place where the animals were
      • The Son of God was to be born in lowly and mean circumstances
    • It was difficult for them
      • This pattern in Mary and Joseph was mirrored in Jesus Christ
  • Yet God was orchestrating all of the events
    • A census by Caesar Augutus - but delayed by 2-4 years
    • Prophecy fulfilled:
      • The prophecy in Micah
      • The prophecy in Samuel
      • The prophecy in Isaiah
    • Three prophecies of the Old Testament: born in Bethlehem, of the house of David, born of a virgin
      • The city of David can mean Jerusalem but also Bethlehem
  • Brought forth their son
  • Their path to the manger was a difficult, hard path
    • Illustration
    • God's perfect plan
  • Are you seeking Jesus this morning?
    • Do not let obstacles and difficulties put you off
    • The Bible says if you seek God will all your heart you will find Him

The Shepherds

  • Their path to the manager was very different
    • No long journey
    • No barriers
    • No need to fear the scorn of others
    • Jewish shepherds - on the lowest rung of society
    • A mean but not unworthy profession - Moses and David were shepherds
  • God chooses these lowly men
    • God dispatches angels from heaven
    • We cannot imagine what the scene was like
    • God's glory was manifested - this is often terrifying
    • They were greatly afraid but "good tidings of great joy" was to them and all people
    • The angels praise God
    • The angels are full of jubilation
  • God chooses the "poor of this world to be rich in faith" - James
    • 1 Cor 1:26
    • Simple shepherds are the first to be called
    • Not the scribes, Herod or other powerful or important people
  • This should encourage us
    • This good news is for us
    • The shepherds went quickly in faith
    • Are you full of questions or do you have faith?
    • The shepherds' faith was strengthened - 2:17,20
    • Quote from J.C. Ryle

The Wise Men

  • Were the wise men able to read the numbers in Daniel, what was the star?
    • We are not told
    • We are told that God intervened in history
  • Likely intellectual and intelligent
    • However, their intelligence and logic did not take them to the right place - the went to Herod
    • In God's providence they heard the Scriptures from the wise Jews
    • The word of God/the revelation of Scripture led the wise men to the right place
  • The wise Jews who had the Scriptures
    • Did not go to see the Christ
    • This is true of many today who have a bible in their homes or hear preaching
    • There are others who have little opportunity to hear the things of God - yet they come to the right place and worship
  • What about you?
    • You have the natural revelation of the universe
    • You have a conscience and personality
    • You have a bible in your language - the truth of God's word
    • Have you responded to it?
  • Despite all the opposition, the Lord led them to the right place
    • Will you believe?
    • Will you read the Scriptures?

Jesus' Journey

  • What did it mean for the eternal Son of God to step out of heaven and come to earth?
    • Illustration
  • Love: the amazing love of God for sinners
    • John 3:16
    • That Jesus Christ should humble Himself so much
    • To give His perfect spotless life as an atonement for sin
    • That we through His poverty might become rich
  • Would you reject the riches of God offered in Christ Jesus?
    • Do not be a stranger but know the fellowship of God
    • Do not be a fool and reject the Lord Jesus Christ

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Luke 2:1-16

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And 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:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (KJV)

Matthew 2:1-12

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. (KJV)

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