Summary: We have been watching as God’s plan to send His Lamb into the world has unfolded.

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Luke 2:1-20


Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

Dec 16th 2012

Intro: We have been watching as God’s plan to send His Lamb into the world has unfolded.

• When man fell/sin/Garden of Eden

• God made a promise/Redeemer would one day come.

• This Redeemer/come/Savior/sinners.

• All through the Old Testament

• God worked to bring this event to pass.

Every sacrifice, every ritual of Jewish worship, everything God did was moving steadily toward the moment/Lamb/God would enter the world and pay the price to save men from their sins.


I think of one occasion when a broken hearted father named Abraham walked up a mountain side with his only son Isaac.

He was taking that son to the top of that mountain to offer him to the Lord as a burnt offering.

• On the way up that mountain

• Isaac asked his father Abraham about what they were doing.

• Here is what was said that day: Genesis 22:6-8.


Our text tells us about the night that father’s promise was fulfilled.

It/also/moment/God’s promise to send His Redeemer into the world was fulfilled.

• As we look/events/special night 2,000 yrs. ago

• We can learn something about how God provided His Lamb.

• As the Lord gives liberty this morning

• I want to preach on the subject, Behold The Lamb Provided.

I want to tell you how and why God sent His Son Jesus into this world and what His birth can and does mean for you.

Share three aspects of the Lamb’s provision with you.



A. v. 4 The Planning Of That Place – The fact that Jesus was born in Bethlehem was no accident.

It was predicted years before it came to pass, Micah 5:2.

This was common knowledge among those who studied and knew the Scriptures, Matt. 2:1-6.


B. v. 1-6 The Providence Of That Place

Shouldn’t surprise us/Jesus/born/Bible says He would be

the events surrounding His arrival are amazing.

• Verse 4 tells/Mary/Joseph lived in Nazareth.

• 80 miles north of Bethlehem.

• For/Messiah/born/right location

• A series of events had to work together


A pagan emperor/Caesar Augustus living thousands of miles away issues a decree that all his subjects be registered and taxed.

• Who is Caesar Augustus?

• Adopted son of Julius Caesar.

• Real name/Octavius/took name Caesar

• Name Augustus/not name/but a title.

Senate/submitted him/king, emperor, dictator,he wasn’t satisfied.

Instead he chose the title Augustus.


• So he signs a tax bill for the citizens to be taxed.

• This order for a census is sent out far and wide.

• He needed money to raise an army to control his vast empire and to live in luxury himself.

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