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The text for this lesson is Luke 2:1–20

Key Point

  • A Savior is born to you! He is Christ the Lord.
  • Law: Because of sin, I am afraid and helpless before God and deserve to die.
  • Gospel: God sent His Son, Jesus, to save me from sin and death, and He makes me His own dear child through faith in Him.

Discussion Points

  1. At Christmas, you often see the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season” on church signs and billboards. Read Luke 2:10–11. Who does the angel say is the reason for the season? Read John 1:1–4. How do we know that Jesus does not need a season for His own sake?
  2. In his Gospel, Luke eloquently and accurately portrays Jesus as a real man born within an actual historical context. How do we know that Luke was careful to keep his facts straight? Read Luke 1:1–4. What statements in Luke 2:1–2 provide the historical setting for this factual account? Why do you think Luke sets Jesus’ birth on the stage of well-known world history?
  3. King David was a shepherd from Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:1, 11). The Bible tells us that the promised Messiah (also known as the Christ or Anointed One) would come from David’s household (2 Samuel 7:12–16). Why was it necessary that Jesus be born in Bethlehem? See Micah 5:2–5a. What group mentioned in Luke 2:8–20 are such fitting candidates to receive the Good News about the Messiah?
  4. Luke 2:11 says that the child who is born in Bethlehem is “Christ the Lord.” The Bible also tells us that the Messiah (the Christ) would be a successor to King David and would be very great. What did people commonly expect the Messiah to be like? See Luke 23:35, 39; Matthew 16:15–23; Acts 1:6. Where could they have looked for a correct understanding of what the Messiah would be like? See Isaiah 52:13–53:12.
  5. The angel in Luke 2:11 announced that a Savior had been born. Many Jews thought that the Messiah would be a secular savior who would defeat their enemies. What kind of savior are people looking for today? What kind of Savior is Jesus? See Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:77.
  6. Don’t the nativity scenes make you wish you were there? Don’t the Christmas carols paint such a lovely picture of the night when Jesus was born? Think how beautiful the angels’ song was! It would have been a glorious experience. But we have things even better than the shepherds. How?

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