Friday, January 24, 2020

2020.01.24 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 2:1-7

Questions from the Scripture text: What came from whom in Luke 2:1? How does Luke 2:2 help establish the historicity of this event? What did everyone do (Luke 2:3)? Who went up, from where, to where, in Luke 2:4? Why? Who went with him (Luke 2:5)? In what condition was she? What happened while they were there (Luke 2:6)? Whom did she bring forth (Luke 2:7)? In what did she wrap Him? In what did she lay Him? Why? 
It is of critical importance that it is an historical fact that God the Son entered our world as a man. If this did not really happen—and His perfectly obedient life, and sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection—then we are left dead in our sin. So, Luke nails down for us the place and time and occasion for Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem.

Indeed we have here, already, God’s provision for Christ’s obedient life. Even the fulfillment of His predicted birthplace occurs because his parents are obedient to the civil magistrate. Even being of pure heart, Christ comes in such low and humble condition—a human baby!—that He is dependent upon His parents for God’s law to be fulfilled concerning Him.

Joseph and Mary are not only of the right line—the house and lineage of David—but they are of necessary character, as will come to the fore again in Luke 2:21-42. Thus, they have relatives in Bethlehem—albeit not ones with a full spare room. Yes, it is part of the lowliness of His condition that his cradle is a feeding trough, but it is part of the proof of His proper lineage that there was a spare room (albeit already full under the circumstances) that would have been designated for them with family in the City of David.

God did everything exactly right in bringing our Redeemer into the world!
What difference does it make for a baby to have godly parents? What difference did Christ’s godly parents make for you?
Suggested songs: ARP110B “The LORD Has Spoken to My Lord” or TPH322 “Once in Royal David’s City”

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