Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Luke 2:11-20 Treasuring and Pondering the Good News

Summary: In this biggest celebration of the year, sadly, for many, it is only celebration. Amongst the celebration, it is easy to miss Him who came for us. Do not miss this one “born for you a Savior.”

1. A. What events lead up to the birth of Jesus? Luke 2:1-5

B. How did Jesus come into the world? Luke 2:6-7, Isaiah 53:2-3

2. A. It is easy to overlook a birth in a feeding trough, but there was an exception for some. What happened? Luke 2:8-14

B. How did the shepherds react to what they had been told? How did others react to what the shepherds had to say? Luke 2:15-20

C. Have you “treasured up all these things, pondering them in (your) heart?” Take some time to think on and consider what God has done for you, not just in this season, but as a habit of life.

3. A. The shepherds had every reason to be afraid as “the glory of the Lord shone around them.” What was THE “good news” “the angel said to them?” Luke 2:8-12

B. What happens next? Luke 2:13-14

C. This is an exceptional event, recorded as happening just once before, man seeing “heavenly host praising God.” What is the highest experience of the human ear and tongue? Isaiah 6:1-3

4. A. What prompts the praise in verse 14? Luke 2:11

B. “For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior.” What does this mean? Romans 8:2, I Peter 2:9, Revelation 5:9

5. A. How do the shepherds respond to the “good news” and why did they respond in this way? (Remember when we started studying Luke, we looked at what Christianity is based on: Luke 1:1) Luke 2:15

B. The shepherds believed and went to see “this thing that has happened.” What accomplished facts is Christianity based on? John 7:45-46, 19:30, I Peter 2:24, Luke 24:6, Acts 1:9-11

C. What pattern of behavior can we learn from the shepherds? Luke 2:15-17

6. A. The shepherds heard, they came and saw, and “they made known the statement.” What did they make known? What did they talk about? Luke 2:17, 10-12 Be encouraged to follow this pattern; tell people what you know about Him. John 1:45

B. How did others react to what the shepherds “made known?” Luke 2:18 Wondered, astonished, amazed, marveled; that is how this word translated “wondered” in verse 18 is translated elsewhere (used 13 times in Luke and 43 times in the New Testament.) Luke 1:63, 2:18, 33, 4:22

C. People wondered at His words, His attitude, and His work. How did people react to Him? Luke 4:23-30, John 3:16, 4:27, Luke 8:22-25, 9:43-45 As we finish this Christmas message, think on three final thoughts on “wondering.” It is only recorded once that Jesus “marveled.” One time, He said, “Do not marvel.” And finally, look at the last “marveling” in Luke. Luke 7:1-9, John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36-41

Hear and believe like the centurion, do not marvel at being told to be born again, and count on the certainty of a resurrected Savior.

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