LUKE 2:8-14 – Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 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. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

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

“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Today’s blog is a little different. The One the shepherds found when they arrived in Bethlehem was God’s promised Messiah. This is who was in that manger.

I. THE SEED OF THE WOMAN THAT BROKE THE SERPENT’S HEAD

This is the One who would break the power of the devil.

II. HE IS ABEL MURDERED BY HIS BROTHER FOR OUR SIN

Christ shed His blood that speaks better than the blood of Abel.

III. THE TRUE ISAAC WHO WAS OFFERED BY THE FATHER FOR OUR SIN

Christ is the only Son, Abraham’s promised seed, Who is our sin offering.

IV. HE IS OUR MELCHEZIDEK – OUR ETERNAL PRIEST AND KING

The One who ministers for us as priest in heaven.

V. HE IS JOSEPH WHO WAS SOLD FOR TWENTY PIECES OF SILVER

Betrayed but sent by God as the deliverer for his brothers and betrayers

VI. THIS IS SAMSON – FULL OF STRENGTH AND COURAGE – WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE TO SAVE HIS PEOPLE

Full of the power of God

Died to save His people

VII. THIS IS THE LORD AND SON OF DAVID WHOM THE LORD SAID WOULD SIT ON HIS RIGHT HAND

VIII. THIS IS THE BRIDEGROOM IN SONG OF SOLOMON WHOSE HEART IS ENFLAMED WITH HEAVENLY LOVE TOWARD HIS SPOUSE

IX. THIS IS THE ONE THAT SIMEON RECOGNIZED AND PROPHESIED HE WOULD BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES AND THE GLORY OF HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL

X. THIS IS THE ONE THE FATHER CALLED HIS BELOVED SON

XI. THIS IS THE ONE JOHN CALLED THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD

XII. THIS IS THE CHILD BORN FOR US

EDWIN SANDYS says …

“This is the Child who is born for us, the Son who is given for our cause, the King whose rule is on his shoulders, whose name is Marvelous, the Giver of Counsel, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; the same Messiah who was foreshadowed in the ceremonies and sacrifices of old, who was prefigured in the law, and is presented in the gospel and has been proved to the world by signs and wonders, by so clear evidence as cannot be either dissembled or denied. Let us therefore embrace this babe with joy, let us kiss the Son, let us, with the angels of heaven, praise the Lord; let us sing their psalm to the honor of his name, “Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace.”

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