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The Birth of Jesus Christ

Date: Oct. 10, 2019

Passage

Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 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, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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.

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Key Verse: 2:7

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.

1. The decree of an emperor (1-5)

When Jesus Christ was born, the Roman Empire was the world government in power. Emperor Caesar Augustus' census decree caused Joseph and Mary to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the town where King David was born. Powerful empires and rulers seem to be in control of history. But to God, these are the background for the main actors.

2. The baby in a manger (6-7)

Caesar's decree actually fulfilled a prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mt 2:6). Mary's baby born deserved a magnificent welcome in a grand palace. But he was placed in a manger at birth. It looks lovely on Christmas cards today, but actually it is sad and pitiful. This was a precursor to Jesus' life of humility and suffering. But who is remembered, praised and followed today: Caesar Augustus or Jesus Christ?

Prayer: Lord, you are worthy of all praise and devotion. May we not envy Caesar's throne and power, but follow you, humbly and faithfully.

One Word: Our King came as a baby in a manger

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