(Luke 2:6-10) The Angel Of The Lord Announcing The Good News To The Shepherds

[Luke 2:6] “6 While they were there, the time came for her Child to be born.”

  • Finally, the promised Messiah had arrived to bring God’s full revelation to mankind and fulfill Old Testament prophecies.

[Luke 2:7] “7 And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

  • Not only was Jesus the firstborn son of Joseph and Mary, but Jesus is also described elsewhere, as the firstborn Son of God.

6 And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all God’s angels worship Him.” -Hebrews 1:6

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. -Colossians 1:15

  • The word “firstborn” does not refer to Jesus existing for the first time, but as a firstborn, He is preeminent (see Colossians 1:18)—all things belong to Him, everything that is in heaven and on earth.

16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. -Colossians 1:16

[Luke 2:8] “8 And there were shepherds residing in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.”

  • Being a shepherd seemed to be one of the lowest positions one can get. It was dangerous, as you would have to protect the sheep from dangerous animals. A shepherd had to carry a rod, having two different ends. One end was used as a weapon to protect the sheep, and the other had a hook to bring back strays. A shepherd also had to spend the nights in the open, whether it was cold or not, and during the day, they had to take the beating of the sun.

[Luke 2:9] “9 Just then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”

  • Why didn’t the angel of the Lord appear to a king, a priest, or any other religious leader? God will only reveal something to the lowly of heart. To hear from the Lord or understand the Scriptures, a person must display a humble spirit. These shepherds were humble due to their position.

[Luke 2:10] “10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people:”

  • The phrase “I bring you good news” in Greek is euaggelizó (Strongs #2097). It’s where we get the word “evangelize,” which means to preach the gospel.
  • The good news that the angel was announcing to them was that the promised Savior of the world has been born.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB).

(Luke 2:1-5) The Census Made Joseph Go To His Hometown Of Bethlehem

[Luke 2:1] “1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of the whole empire.”

  • Here we see God’s sovereignty over the leader of the nation of Rome to make sure that His prophetic word in the Scriptures regarding the Messiah will take place and get fulfilled (see Matthew 2:1-6).

[Luke 2:2] “2 This was the first census to take place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.”

  • Luke gives great details surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, showing His birth as a fulfillment of prophecy (see verse 1) and its historicity by naming the governor of Syria.

[Luke 2:3] “3 And everyone went to his own town to register.”

  • Caesar’s decree forced Joseph to take Mary to where he was from so that Jesus could be born in the city of David (see verse 4).

[Luke 2:4] “4 So Joseph also went up from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, since he was from the house and line of David.”

  • God orchestrated the events—the census, see verse 1 and its commentary—to accomplish His will and to fulfill His Word that prophesied where the Messiah was to be born, as stated in Micah 5:2, which says, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel—One whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.”

[Luke 2:5] “5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to him in marriage and was expecting a child.”

  • The word “pledged” means betroth. Betroth means to be promised to a person in marriage. In the Scripture, being promised to someone in marriage or betrothed starts the process of being married. So, to get out of it, one has to get divorced see below.

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly. -Matthew 1:18-19

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB).

(Luke 1:76-80) God’s Mercy Seen Through The Ministry Of John

[Luke 1:76] “76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him”

  • Here John is called a prophet of God. Not only was he a prophet, but he was also above those before him because of the unique role that God had given him before he was born (see Matthew 11:9-11 & Malachi 3:1-5).
  • God sent John to get the people’s hearts to soften through repentance (see verse 77), so they would be more inclined to receive Jesus as their Messiah.

[Luke 1:77] “77 to give to His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins”

  • When people are repentant, they are more open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is achieved when one is in a humble state, and those are the ones that God will give a mind of understanding and a faith that’s necessary for salvation.

[Luke 1:78] “78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dawn will visit us from on high”

  • God’s mercy for the Jewish people is displayed through the ministry of John the Baptist. If God wouldn’t have sent John, the people’s hearts will have remained hardened, and instead of a blessing through the message of Jesus Christ, a curse would come forth from Him.
  • The word “Dawn” refers to Jesus Christ who will shine the truth on those who live in darkness (see verse 79).

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.” -Malachi 4:5-6 BSB

[Luke 1:79] “79 to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

  • The phrase “to shine on those who live in darkness” refers to Jesus providing the people who are spiritually blind and live their lives in spiritual darkness that He is the promised Messiah who came to fulfill Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself and save all those who believe in Him.

[Luke 1:80] “80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until the time of his public appearance to Israel.”

  • The Holy Spirit isolated John from the rest of the people to prepare him for the role and ministry that God created him to do. John needed time to get closer to the Lord, and to have his faith strengthened, to be able to combat the religious leaders, and to meet his death at the hands of King Herod (see Matthew 14:1-12).

The reason why some of you feel lonely, thinking to yourself why God hasn’t given you friends, is that you are being protected from the influence of others. You are in a time of being spiritually strengthened for the task that God has assigned for you.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB).