I. Many assume that He is
A. Deceived (Matthew 7:15, 21-23, 24-27)
B. The churches of Asia (Revelation 2:2-5, 13-16; 3:19)
II. Where do we look?
A. America? (Mormons 1830, 7th Day Adventist 1830, Christian Sceintist 1866, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1872)
B. Earlier? (Methodist 18th century, Baptist 17th century, Presbyterian and Lutheran 16th century; Catholic authority is not Christ but the Pope)
C. Jerusalem in the first century
1. Prophesied in Isaiah 2:2-4
2. Commanded in Luke 24:46-47
3. Established in Acts 2:36-41)
III. Jesus is in the house of God (1 Timothy 3:15)
A. Jesus’ opinion of the church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; 2:47; Eph. 2:16)
B. He is the Savior of the body (Eph. 5:23; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 6:17)
I. A lowly birth (Luke 2:1-7)
A. “He will be great” (Luke 1:30-33)
B. Yet, no fanfare or celebration in the little town of Bethlehem (cf. Micah 5:20)
II. The announcement of the angel (Luke 2:8-14)
A. Angels caused fear in man (Luke 1:12-13, 29-30; 2:9-10)
B. A joyous announcement (Luke 2:14; cf. Philippians 2:7-8)
C. Jesus identified as “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (cf. Isaiah 59:1-2)
III. The excitement of the shepherds (Luke 2:15-20)
1. …of the shepherds: “now,” “with haste”
2. …of the gospel (Acts 16:32-33; 2 Corinthians 6:2)
B. Spreading the news (Luke 2:17, 20)
Day 2/260: Read Luke 2
We have very little information about Jesus’ life before His public ministry. Luke relates one incident that occurred when Jesus was just twelve years old.
Joseph and Mary were faithful in their attendance of the Passover Feast in Jerusalem, traveling there each year. They journeyed with a large group of family and friends, and when they began their trip home after the feast, they did not realize that the pre-teen Jesus had been left behind in the city.
It isn’t difficult to imagine Joseph and Mary’s fear. They had been entrusted with the Son of God, and they lost Him! It took them three days to find Him; He was in the temple, “in the midst of the teachers.” At just twelve years of age, Jesus’ priorities were in order. He asked Mary, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Do we ever lose sight of our Father’s business? We develop a routine of going to school or work, but do we lose sight of what is truly important? Where are our priorities? Do we go about our daily activities without any thought to how those activities can be used to accomplish God’s will in our life and the lives of those around us?
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
Luke 5:31-32: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Pray for opportunities to be about the Father’s business. Pray that He may use you to accomplish His will. Pray for those around you that you can influence in a positive way.