Luke 2:1-24

It’s amazing that the birth was announced to the shepherds because they were poorly educated, poorly paid, and poorly thought of. That they received the first announcement indicates something about God, and reminds us of Mary’s song (1:51-53)

Luke 1:51-53 “He has demonstrated power with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance of their hearts. He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; he has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty.”

The response of the shepherds is also a great illustration of obedience:

Luke 1:12,15 “‘This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.’ … When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us.’”

There is also a great explanation of the Messiah’s ministry in the angelic announcement. He is revealed as prophet (Christ), priest (Savior), and king (Lord), as was foretold in the Old Testament:

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you—from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him.”

Psalm 110:1-4 “Here is the LORD’s proclamation to my lord: ‘Sit down at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.’ The LORD extends your dominion from Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies. Your people willingly follow you when you go into battle. On the holy hills at sunrise the dew of your youth belongs to you. The LORD makes this promise on oath and will not revoke it: ‘You are an eternal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.‘”

Isaiah 9:6-7 “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called Wonderful Adviser, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast, and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Heaven’s will accomplish this.”

Why would it matter that Jesus was presented to the Lord? Once again we have a reminder of obedience, as the reference to the “law of Moses” reminds us. Even though it depended on Joseph and Mary, Jesus is even obedient as an infant! He fulfilled the law in every detail, so that He could be the perfect sacrifice when He died on the cross for us.

1 Peter 2:22-24 “He committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.”

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