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Understanding the Text
The Miraculous Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7)
Announcement to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-21)
Presentation in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)
Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:1-18)
Return to Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23; Luke 2:39-40)
The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
Why Is the Birth of Jesus Good News of Great Joy for All People?
Through faith in Jesus, we have…
- total forgiveness of sin and deliverance forever from eternal judgment – Hell
- perfect righteousness and the gift of eternal life – Heaven
- the blessings of God’s daily presence and providential care
- the promise of heavenly reward
- the promise of the resurrection of the body unto glorious immortality
- the promise that we will live and reign with Christ on a new Earth forever
Applying the Text
- Is your faith in Jesus?
- Is your goal in life above all else to know Christ?
- Do you live each day in the great joy of biblical hope?