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Summary: God exalts those who will be humbled. So when He humbled Himself to become a man, God did magnify & honor Himself to those who in humbleness would seek out the Christ. The significance of the event made it fitting that Heaven should come down & give God G

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LUKE 2: 8-14

WHEN HEAVEN CAME DOWN

[Eph. 2:12-18, Isa. 65:1, 61:1f, 1 Pet. 10:21, Zech. 9:9-12, Rev. 5:9-14]

Christmas is a drama of the exciting invasion of earth by infinite God, the Eternal Spirit, Who became flesh in order to become man. His purpose was to personally reveal Himself to us, and give Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Christ left His heavenly glory to become poor for our sakes, that we might become spiritually rich through Him.

The first to see this drama of the incarnation unfold were poor shepherds on the hillside of Judea. They were outside the city of Bethlehem when Jesus was born. But there were others in Bethlehem that night; merchants and laborers, Roman soldiers in charge of tax registration and other government officials. Why didn't God reveal Himself to the important people in town, instead of to humble shepherds? Perhaps He knew their self-sufficiency. God prefers to reveal Himself to humble hearts. He by-passes the proud who think themselves worthy of notice and reveals Himself to the contrite.

Yet the humbleness of another is the real reason for this dramatic event. The greatest humbling in the world was when God, the Sovereign Lord of the universe, emptied Himself and took upon Himself the form of man, the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7). God exalts those who will be humbled (1 Pet. 5:5-6). So when He humbled Himself to become a man, God did in some measure magnify and honor Himself to those who in humbleness would seek out the Christ. The significance of the event made it fitting that Heaven should come down and give God Glory (CIT).

The passage can be outlined as follows:

I. KEEPING WATCH OVER THE FLOCK, 2:8-9

II. GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY, 2:10-12

III. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, 2:13-14

First, Keeping Watch Over the Flock.

In verse 8 the scene changes from the manger to the fields, from the humble Savior to lowly shepherds. “And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night.”

“In the same region,” in the area near Bethlehem of Judea, where the Christ Child was born. "There were some shepherds." Shepherds were among the lowest groups on the social-economic scale. They were despised by the up and ups for their occupation made it difficult for them to obey the Rabbical law. So the first public proclamation of the good news was to social outcasts.

[It demonstrates that no matter how insignificant you may think you are, God knows you, & you are important to Him. All throughout Scripture God honors and uses people & things that the world often overlooks or ignores (1 Cor. 1:26-28a).]

Yet from these shepherd’s response of hurrying to find the Christ Child after the announcement they were probable devout men waiting for the deliverance of Israel (2:15, 17, 20). The Gospel seems to have its best response among the poor and lowly. The movers and shakers may exclude them from their circles or society, but God will not exclude them from the good news.


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