Bible Reading – Luke 2

I. Jesus’ birth (2:1-7). Consider the difficulty Joseph and Mary had in making this trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. A distance of many miles with Mary as far along in her pregnancy as she was; people will do what they need to do.

II. The angelic visit (2:8-14). The peace on earth was not peace between men, but peace with God (the ESV brings this out in 2:14; cf. Romans 5:1).

III. The humble proclaim (2:15-38). Jesus was born where the livestock are fed, he was visited by shepherds, two devout people around the temple complex, perhaps insignificant people by the social standing of the day, are the ones to see the Lord’s Christ. It was later that the Magi (people of some significance, though not three Kings) saw the Lord’s anointed.

IV. His mission (2:39-52). Later in our Lord’s adult life, He looked at His disciples and asked if they, too, would depart. Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” At such an early age, Jesus knew His mission, and while his parent knew His mission as well, they did not quite understand it as they had come to know it.