Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they
were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,
Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and
rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;
and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
King James Version (KJV)
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Welcome to the Story of Liberty, this is John Bona.
Emmanuel, God with us. You know in a starry night 2000 years ago a baby boy took his first breath and breaking into the stillness of that night was the sound of a new born cry. Christmas is a message of joy because not only is the future guaranteed but the burden of darkness in the shadow of guilt is lifted off the heart.
So the good news today is you are loved by God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
You know even the Christmas tree itself is a symbol of Christ. Christ was always calling people to God saying: In my Father's house there are many mansions, I will take you there to be with me. And He was pointing to heaven like Christ the evergreen tree always points to the sky.
You know most of the trees spread their branches in every direction and the weeping willow that even points to the ground. But Christ is the light of the world and so it is that the light on a Christmas tree that attracts our attention. He is the light of the world and was lifted up upon a tree and continues to draw people to Himself. As we place gifts around the tree, we remember the wise men who came and brought gifts to Christ. He is the reason for the season, even from a secular material point of view, advertisements and commercials, they constantly remind us as the month of December approaches. There are only so many days left until Christmas and the count begins.
What would the world be like without Christmas, without Christmas trees, without presents and cards and greetings? And all that is associated with the welcome of Christmas? Did you know that the very first promise of God that he gave in the gospel about the virgin birth it's found right in Genesis 3:15. God said speaking to the serpent and He said I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed, it shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. This is the first gospel. The very first promise that God would send a redeemer, the seed of a woman who would bruise the head and destroy the serpent that brought the curse upon the planet.
But in doing so, He would endure a mortal wound on that cross at Calvary, next we see in Isiah 7:14. Therefore the Lord Himself should give you a sign, behold a virgin shall conceive and bare a son and they shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.
One of the most remarkable things in all the world is the huge number of old testament prophecies that describe a person and into the future who would be the Messiah, the Messiah of the Jews and of the entire planet. There is nothing like it in any other writing, religious or secular that even faintly resembles this. Think of it, just imagine the difficulty of prophesying anything like prophecies of the bible. To predict things that are going to happen in the future centuries and with accuracy and specificity that exist in the old testament prophecies, another words you would have to guess say and the year 2725 who would be the president of the United States, where this person would be born and the various occupations of that person and that person would be accuse of treason and executed in the manner that was not even invented for several hundred years from now.
Seven hundred years before Christ was born, Mica the prophet said but you Bethlehem though you be little among the thousands of Judah yet out of you shall come forth to me the one to be ruler in Israel whose go in and forth heaven from the old from everlasting. So our Bethlehem before it could be even found on a road map, we were told exactly which town it would be, amazing to say the least. And out of this town there would come forth one who was live from everlasting. Jesus Christ the son of God, the eternal second person of the trinity was to come forth out of this little town.
Friends, that prophecy in itself is enough to prove the divine authority of a holy bible and this is just spoke one of several hundred prophecies that have been fulfilled. Christmas, it's a wonderful time of year and we celebrate the birth of the most wonderful person that ever lived on the planet Christ the Lord. We know that the angels declare that there was good news, the angel said fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people. The wonder of it all, the shepherds were filled with wonder, they were astonished beyond measure to see the heavens open and the angels of God descend.
The virgin Mary was fill with one or two, she said how shall this be seeing I know not a man? But she was told that the power of the highest, the holy spirit would come upon her. She waited with great wonder to see this child born not in a grand of palace but in a dirty stable and laid in a manger where the cattle fed. Joseph, he must have been in filled with wonder as well.
You know folks Christianity is unique because Christ is unique. It is a singing and rejoicing religion. Other religions have chance and things like that but Christianity has churches all over the world that rejoice while they sing. There is the hallelujah course only in Christianity, absolutely nowhere else. Think of the beautiful names that Christ is given in the bible. He is also call the wonderful councilor, the mighty God, the prince of peace, everlasting father, the lily of the valley, the rose of Sharon, the light of the world, the day spring on high. He is called the Emmanuel, He is God with us. And if God be with us, who could be against us?
We are talking about the one who is the creator of all things. The one who made the stars and the heaven has [inaudible] in the sky. And he ask the creator of each of us. You know when I was in school, Christmas was celebrated much more than today. When I was in school, I remember attending the wonderful Christmas play and the pageant and hearing the beautiful music, Oh come all yea faithful, joyful and triumphant. Oh holy night and other beautiful songs. You know a familiar passage of scripture answers the question who is He. People ask that question all the time and here it is the answer is Oh Zion you bring good tidings. Get up into the high mountain oh Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lifted up, be not afraid. Say it to the cities of Judah, behold your God.
This is what Christmas is about. We are a visited world, the Almighty creator of the entire universe, the great God who flung the universe into existence from the tip of his fingers has come to the world. God incarnated. You know St. [Inaudible] archbishop of Canabury in the Anglican Church, he wrote a book named Cur Deus Homo which means why God man. The question he was answering is why did God become man and then he gave the answer because all people sin. And sin is infinite and required an infinite penalty. So he would take an infinite man because it was man that had sin and had to pay the penalty.
So Almighty God became flesh and he dwelt among us and He offered Himself off as a sacrifice to pay the penalty so we might be spared, that is the perfect justice of God. So my friends, do you know the requirement to live forever at God's address? Yes, it is perfection. Because there is no sin in heaven, we are not going to walk up there with all our muddy feet and mess it up.
See, the perfect life of no sin was accomplish only by Christ the Lord and He did this for us and that perfect life is imputed to you and me and all who will trust in Him by faith. As Charles Wesley said of Christ the Lord in his familiar Christmas carol, he said hark the herald angel sing, that he was born that no man may die. Born to give them a second birth. What a wonderful statement that is, a new birth.
After all it is His heaven and if you are not born again as shown in the book of John 3:3, you will not be allowed. You've heard the term born once, died twice. Well, that second death means being cast into hell. You've also heard born twice and born the second time spiritually, you will have a second birth, an eternal joy unspeakable in heaven. And that is the good news of Christmas. God bless you and have a merry Christmas.