INTRODUCTION: Bethlehem is a small town six miles...
Bethlehem is a small town six miles south of Jerusalem. It was the home town of Ruth, Boaz, Jessie and King David. It is also place where Jacob buried Rachel. Bethlehem is a town with a great Name a glorious nativity and good news for the world.
I. THE MANGER OF HIS BIRTH - Luke 2:7; 2:12; 2:16
A. Mary laid Him in the manger - Luke 2:7
B. Angels said He was in the manger - Luke 2:12
C. Shepherds found Him in the manger - Luke 2:16
II. THE MANNER OF HIS BIRTH - Luke 2:7; Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (God with us); Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
A. Contrary to nature
B. Complete harmony with God
C. Carefully planned by God
III. THE MISSION OF His Birth - Luke 2:10-11; Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
A. The prophecy of His birth
B. The promise of His birth
C. The purpose of His birth
D. The power of His birth
IV. THE MESSAGE OF HIS BIRTH - Luke 2:10-11; Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
A. Salvation depends on it
B. Sinners delivered by it
C. Saints delight by it