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The King of Heaven Arrives

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Discovering the glory and power in Jesus' humble birth.

Text: Luke 2:1-7
Date: 04/25/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 16

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During the reign of Caesar Augustus, one of the most accomplished, wealthy, powerful, and respected rulers the world has ever known-- a baby boy is born to a peasant couple in an obscure, insignificant village, under the most humble of circumstances. And yet, things are not always what they seem! For what the world considers to be the pinnacle of power and achievement is only vapor in the wind of God's Providential purpose. For the true power and dominion is to be found in the humble King lying in a manger in Bethlehem. As we study Luke's very familiar nativity narrative, we will notice the purposeful presentation of the humble way Christ entered the world, and the comparison between the kingdoms of the earth and the One who truly wields the power of God. Christians should find comfort and strength even in the worst of times when they consider their own humble estate and that our strength is to be found not in the things of this world-- but in the King of Heaven who has finally arrived!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 2:1-7.
A. Context, Luke 1:51-53,78-79.
B. The glory and power of a humble birth.
1. The decree of Caesar Augustus, vs. 1-3.
a. Standing the test of time, vs. 1a.
i. The work of an historian.
ii. Facts constantly under attack.
iii. In "whose" days? Luke 1:5.
b. A portrait of Caesar Augustus, vs. 1b.
i. A spectacular ruler.
ii. A shining example of God's Providence.
iii. The great and the small.
c. The decree of Caesar, vs. 1c.
d. Historical controversies, vs. 2.
i. That there wasn't a census in those days.
ii. That the dates are wrong.
iii. That Quirinius was not the governor of Syria.
e. A Providential detail, vs. 3, Mic. 5:2.
2. The trip to Bethlehem, vs. 4.
a. More than a matter of elevation.
b. Determining the route.
c. The city of David, 2Sam. 5:7.
d. The house of David, Gen. 49:10, Isa. 9:7, Jer. 23:5.
3. With Mary his wife, vs. 5.
a. The skeptics continue to complain.
b. Answering the skeptics.
4. The time arrives, vs. 6.
5. The birth of Christ, vs. 7.
a. Noticing the brevity of Luke's words.
b. The myth of Mary's perpetual virginity, Mark 6:3.
c. The swaddling cloths.
d. Visualizing the surroundings.
i. The manger.
ii. The location of the birth.
• The description of the inn.
• Why the inn was full.
• An alternate explanation.
C. Interpretation
1. The humble birth.
a. Providential humbleness.
b. Plentiful Scriptural support, Prov. 11:2, 29:23, Matt: 5:3,5, 1Cor. 1:28,29, 3:18, 2Cor. 12:10, 11:30, James 1:9,10,4:6, Matt. 11:29.
2. The Kingdom, the King, and true Power.
a. A story of two kings.
i. What's in a name? Luke 1:35, 76.
ii. Things are not always what they seem.
b. Plentiful Scriptural support, 1Sam. 2:10, Psa. 2:2,4, 47:2,7,8, 89:26-28, John 18:36.
III. Application, Psa. 46:1-3.
IV. Conclusion

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