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A Way in a Manger 

December 25, 2022

Luke 2:1-20 (Matthew 2:1-12)

Word of the Week: Manger

Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)  Christ Born of Mary

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed [a]wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a [b]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Matthew 1:24 (NKJV)

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord

commanded him and took to him his wife,

A.   I should under promise, over deliver.

B.  Jesus was born meek and lowly, humble, and holy.

C.  Jesus’ flesh would be torn for my redemption.

D.  Jesus made a way for my forgiveness at Calvary.

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And [c]behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [d]manger.”

Exodus 24:16 (NKJV)

Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days.

And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

1 Samuel 17:12 (NKJV)

Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name

was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years,

in the days of Saul.

Micah 5:2 (NKJV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From [a]everlasting.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”

 E.  Praise is the natural response to God.

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Romans 5:1 (NKJV)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with

God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made [f]widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

F.  Christmas is a great time to give God the highest praise.

Colossians 1:15-18 (NKJV)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are

on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or

[a]principalities or [b]powers. All things were created through Him

and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the

firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

Psalm 23:1 (NKJV)

The Lord the Shepherd of His People

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

G.   The real meaning of Christmas is Christ.

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