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Luke 2 - NIV

The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

7 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.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,


“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 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 has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[b] ),

24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[c]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.

26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,

28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:


“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace.

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,

35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[e] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.

40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.

42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.

43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.

44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.

45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f]

50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.


a. Luke 2:2 Or This census took place before
b. Luke 2:23 Exodus?13:2,12
c. Luke 2:24 Lev.?12:8
d. Luke 2:29 Or promised,now dismiss
e. Luke 2:37 Or then had been a widow for eighty-four years.
f. Luke 2:49 Or be about my Father’s business

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Manny Salva Cruz avatar
What We Can Learn From the Shepherds This Christmas
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Jan, 2017
Summary: These shepherds were out in th efields one night when the angel of the Lord appreared to them to announce the birth of the Savior. Let us learn from them.
Series: Christmas
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What We Can Learn From Simeon This Christmas
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Jan, 2017
Summary: Simeon was a devout and righteous man who had been waiting patiently for the Messiah to come. When he saw the little boy, Jesus, he took him by his arms and blessed him.
Series: Christmas
Scripture: Luke 2:25-35
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 3
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Fulfilling a Promise
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Jan, 2017
Summary: Simeon and Anna see the Messiah—a fulfillment of God’s promise to them. They are now able to depart in peace.
Scripture: Luke 2:21-38
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 41
Paul Andrew avatar
Navidad y los pastores
Shared by: Paul Andrew on Dec, 2016
Summary: Los pastores eran las personas menos probables de recibir el mensaje de Navidad que comenzó en un lugar inimaginable.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 2
Paul Andrew avatar
Christmas and the Shepherds
Shared by: Paul Andrew on Dec, 2016
Summary: They were the unlikely first recipients of the Christmas message that began in an unlikely place.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 1
Revd. Martin Dale avatar
The White Goose
Shared by: Revd. Martin Dale on Dec, 2016
Summary: If I was given the task of deciding how the Son of God would come to this earth, I would followed human reasoning to get the best conditions for Jesus message to have reached the most people. But God did it differently
Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 8
Denn Guptill avatar
The Story of a Propecy
Shared by: Denn Guptill on Dec, 2016
Summary: At Christmas we often look at the Prophecies concerning the coming of Christ, here is the story of a prophecy concerning the purpose of his life
Scripture: Luke 2:25-35
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 12
Michael Stark avatar
A Rumour of Angels
Shared by: Michael Stark on Dec, 2016
Summary: Remembering the night that angels announced the birth of the Saviour.
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 0
Samuel Stephens avatar
Happy Birthday Jesus
Shared by: Samuel Stephens on Dec, 2016
Summary: True Meaning and Celebration of Christmas
Scripture: Luke 2:8 Luke 9:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 0
Chuck Sligh avatar
Christmas Expectation
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Dec, 2016
Summary: A 10-15-minute Christmas Eve devotional
Scripture: Luke 2:25-32
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2
W Pat Cunningham avatar
We Must Serve the Poor
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Dec, 2016
Summary: The church ministered to the poor. If we lose that character, we are no longer the true church.
I. G. Spong avatar
Peace on Earth
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Dec, 2016
Summary: Who did God invite to witness the most important birth on earth? We might be surprised.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-40
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1
Pastor Dr. Tim Awotide avatar
Shared by: Pastor Dr. Tim Awotide on Dec, 2016
Summary: Christmas didn't begin in Bethlehem.
Pastor Dr. Tim Awotide avatar
Shared by: Pastor Dr. Tim Awotide on Dec, 2016
Summary: The first announcement of Christ 's birth was at night.
Scripture: Luke 2:7-18:18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 8
T.J. Conwell avatar
How personal is Christmas to you?
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Dec, 2016
Summary: God desires that we would come to Him, know Him, lean on Him. He demonstrated this by giving us His most precious gift: His Son Jesus.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 0
Dennis Lee avatar
God’s Christmas Card
Shared by: Dennis Lee on Dec, 2016
Summary: A Christmas Eve service looking at the Manger Scene and the significance to our lives through those that we see within it.
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Have A Holly, Jolly Bankruptcy!
Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Dec, 2016
Summary: So Jesus' birthday is celebrated by going into debt for stuff when He came to set us free? He only got a manager and people who loved Him. Why do we need stuff we cannot afford?
Scripture: Luke 2:7
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 7
Michael Grant avatar
Good Tidings of Great Joy
Shared by: Michael Grant on Dec, 2016
Summary: A Christmas Sermon taken from Luke Chapter 2.
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"Christ is Christmas"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Dec, 2016
Summary: A sermon about God's pursuit of humankind.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 68
Roy Hartzell avatar
Candlelighting sermon: The Responses to the First Christmas
Shared by: Roy Hartzell on Dec, 2016
Summary: The innkeeper's, shepherds', Herod's,religious leaders', wise men's, and Mary's response to Jesus' birth in poem and Hymn.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Views: 24
John Hamby avatar
Experiencing the Birth of Christ With The Shepherds
Shared by: John Hamby on Dec, 2016
Summary: Looking at the birth of Christ through the eyes of the Shepherds.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 2:7-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 104
David Henderson avatar
"No Room"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2016
Summary: I would guess that many of us can identify with this statement because we feel the same way at this time of year. We have no room. There are several things that begin to happen when we get to this point. None of them are good.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 59
Ernie Arnold avatar
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Dec, 2016
Summary: Luke shares with us some characteristics that the Shepherds possessed - 1. They were Receptive Listeners 2. They Embraced Obedience 3. They were Enthusiastic in their Praise and 4. They were Public Proclaimers of the Good News
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 2:15-21
Denomination: *other
Views: 142
Michael Stark avatar
Slaughtering the Innocent
Shared by: Michael Stark on Dec, 2016
Summary: A homily considering the choice we must make when Christ comes near.
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4
Steve Spaeth avatar
Give Yourself A Gift This Christmas
Shared by: Steve Spaeth on Dec, 2016
Summary: I want to encourage you to giv yourself three gifts for Christmas...
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 31
Andy Grossman avatar
Christmas is Coming
Shared by: Andy Grossman on Dec, 2016
Summary: Three Things we need to Know about Christmas
David Henderson avatar
"No Room"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2016
Summary: Here are a few words that may describe how you feel at this time of year. Rushed. Broke. Tired of Turkey sandwiches. Crowded. If Christmas is about anything it is about the fact that we must make room for Jesus in our busy, hectic lives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 115
Sam McCormick avatar
Shared by: Sam McCormick on Dec, 2016
Summary: The celebration of Christmas by Christians.
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
Let Jesus Show
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Dec, 2016
Summary: But there is one gift that meets everyone's need, one gift that never breaks, one gift that will never wear out. The most valuable gift of all, is Jesus. Beloved, Let Jesus Show. (Great Illustration that allows a good ending to the Message).
based on 20 ratings
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 234
Stephen Sheane avatar
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Shared by: Stephen Sheane on Dec, 2016
Summary: God's greatest gift came to a small town, through a humble family and as a helpless infant
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 2:4-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 36