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The Significance of the Birth of Jesus - Luke 2:1-2

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1. Christmas (December 25th) is an annual holiday celebrated by many:

a. Millions commemorate the birth of Jesus on this day

b. Many consider it one of the most holy of religious holidays

2. Were you aware that...?

a. Christians in the NT did NOT celebrate the birth of Jesus as an annual observance

b. Most Protestant churches did not begin celebrating Christmas until the 19th century

3. As for the actual day of Jesus' birth...

a. The New Testament provides no clues in this regard. - Encyclopedia Britannica

b. The NT simply states that it happened in the days of Caesar Augustus and while Quirinius was governing Syria - Luke 2:1-2

c. However, Orthodox churches celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 6th or 7th

4. Many churches today do not celebrate Christmas per se

5. This does not in any way demean the importance of the birth of Jesus

a. It has great significance to both Christians and non-Christians

b. It is something we should think about often (certainly more than once a year)





1. His birth and name (Immanuel) signified God would live among men - Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23

2. It would be important the establishment of the kingdom of God - Isaiah 9:6-7


1. His birth in Bethlehem would give Israel a new Ruler - Micah 5:2

2. His reign would bless not only Israel, but even the ends of the earth - Micah 5:3-5

C. The significance of Jesus' birth is that God has dwelt among men, and subsequently established His kingdom or reign that now reaches to the ends of the earth!




1. His birth and name (Jesus) signified salvation from sin - Matthew 1:18-21

2. As John the Baptist would later announce: "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" - John 1:29


1. His birth and subsequent reign would fulfill the promise made to David - Luke 1:26-35; cf. 2 Samuel 7:12-13

2. It would also fulfill the promise found in Daniel - Daniel 2:44

3. Again, the significance of Jesus' birth is that God was about to establish His kingdom promised by prophets and angels. But also, that He came to save us from sin!




1. His birth presented to the world a Savior and Lord - Luke 2:8-12

2. It offered peace and goodwill to men - Luke 2:13-14


1. His birth would result in giving light to Gentiles and glory to Israel - Luke 2:25-32

2. It would also result in the fall and rising of many in Israel, along with revealing of many hearts - Luke 2:33-35


1. She, like many others, were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem - Luke 2:36-38

2. She spoke of how Jesus' birth had great significance for them



1. The significance of the birth of Jesus is that it made possible:

a. The establishment of the kingdom of God

b. Redemption and salvation from sin for both Jew and Gentile

c. Peace and goodwill among men

d. Revelation and judgment of the hearts of men

2. Of course, such things would not have been possible without the subsequent

a. Suffering and death of Jesus on the cross

b. Resurrection and ascension of Christ to the right hand of God

3. Which may be why Jesus did not ask His disciples to commemorate His birth

a. But His death - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

b. Which they did weekly, not annually - Acts 20:7

4. Whenever one reflects on Jesus' birth, they should ask themselves: He came to be my Lord and Savior, to save me from sins and reign as King in my heart; have I fulfilled the significance of His birth by responding to the significance of His death and resurrection ...?"


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