In part 1 we went over the birth of Christ and how unique that was. We went over some of the Prophets and some of the prophecies that were spoke of in the Old Testament.
We want to start where we left off in Luke 2:15, 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. We often wonder why God picks us to his work. God most often picks people that would be the most unlikely one to do the task that God has. Shepherds are just like us. They are just everyday men that we can relate to. The shepherds were willing to go see what this thing is that God has done. They could not have been very far away for they came and found in v16, And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. The shepherds must have been excited when they found Christ in the manger. In v17and 18 it says, And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. This was the end of the shepherds ministry. They were the first messengers to proclaim the arrival of the Messiah. God used them for this one task.
In v19 Mary acts like a mother thinking about all the things that were happening around her. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Can you imagine what was going through Marys mind at this time, knowing that she was the mother of Jesus Christ the Messiah?
After the shepherds had completed their ministry they returned to tending sheep.
v20, And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. They had a very short ministry; God sometimes gives us one like that. God has something for us to say to someone and thats it, back to work.
V21, 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. Being Jews this was the fulfillments of the Levitical laws, Leviticus 12:3. The name Jesus is Saviour or God who is salvation.
V22 and 23, 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;) This period was 40 days according to Levitical laws. Luke was a doctor and was big in lots of details. It was important to get all the facts right so there could be no questions about who it was and how it happened. Look at Galatians 4:4, But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. it was important to get the facts right here so there would be no questions about the birth of Christ.
V24, 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. This shows that Joseph and Mary were poor and could not provide a Lamb for the sacrifice as required under the Levitical Law. Lev 12:6-8 explains, And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: 7Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean. This was the completion part of Marys purification.
There is a lot more to this Christmas story than what we have gone over today. When reading Luke 1 through 2 there are a few New Testament prophecies. Below is the list of some of them and where they come from or how they were fulfilled.
1. Luke 1:13-17 Malachi 4:5 and 6.
2. Luke 1:20 .Luke 1:22
3. Luke 1:28 .Like 1:42
4. Luke 1:30-32 Isaiah 9:6 and 7.
5. Luke 1:32-33 Daniel 2:44 and 45
6. Luke 2:4 Micah 5:2
7. Luke 2:32 ..Isaiah 42:6