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Summary: The greatest birth announcement in history...the Savior is Born!!! Yet it wasn’t made in the church house or the halls of government, but in a field filled with shepherds. The Savior had come for all men.

Luke 2:1-3 (quickview)  (NLT)

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. [2] (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] All returned to their own towns to register for this census.

Tax Season

• The Roman Emporer was head counting

• Each person was required to return to their ancestral home

Luke 2:4-5 (quickview)  (NLT)

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. [5] He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

From The Lineage of David

• Joseph was from the line of David

• He was required to travel to Bethlehem

– Fulfillment of prophecy

• Place of birth – Micah 5:2 (quickview) 

Micah 5:2 (quickview)  (HCSB)

Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.

From The Lineage of David

• Joseph was from the line of David

• He was required to travel to Bethlehem

– Fulfillment of prophecy

• Place of birth – Micah 5:2 (quickview) 

• Family lineage – Isaiah 11:1 (quickview) ; Jeremiah 33:15 (quickview) 

Isaiah 11:1 (quickview)  (HCSB)

Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

Jeremiah 33:15 (quickview)  (NLT)

At that time I will bring to the throne of David a righteous descendant, and he will do what is just and right throughout the land.

From The Lineage of David

• Joseph was from the line of David

• He was required to travel to Bethlehem

– Fulfillment of prophecy

• Place of birth – Micah 5:2 (quickview) 

• Family lineage – Isaiah 11:1 (quickview) ; Jeremiah 33:15 (quickview) 

• He was accompanied by Mary

Luke 2:6-7 (quickview)  (NLT)

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. [7] She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

The Virgin Will Give Birth

• Mary gave birth to a son

– Prophecy fulfilled

Isaiah 7:14 (quickview) 

Isaiah 7:14 (quickview)  (NLT)

All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel—’God is with us.’

The Virgin Will Give Birth

• Mary gave birth to a son

– Prophecy fulfilled

Isaiah 7:14 (quickview) 

• Humble beginnings

– A stable

– A manger

Luke 2:8-10 (quickview)  (NLT)

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. [9] Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, [10] but the angel reassured them. "Don’t be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!

A Savior For All People

• The greatest announcement ever made

– Anticipated for generations

– The Messiah was now here

• An interesting choice

– The angels didn’t go to the temple

– The angels didn’t go to the political leaders

– The angels went to the Shepherds

• Common, ordinary people

• Jesus had come for all men

Luke 2:11-14 (quickview)  (NLT)

The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! [12] And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"


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