Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 11th December 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: The Christmas story-birth of Jesus
Texts: Luke 2: 1-20
Memory Verse: The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11”. (NIV)
We are all familiar with the Christmas story, perhaps too familiar. Sometimes when we have heard a story over and over through the years we become a little numb to the meaning, let alone some of the details. It is another time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the reason for the Christmas season. It is important we that we don’t get too carried out by the commercial nature of the season. Yes, it is a time of holidays, but it is also a time to remember the purpose- that the “word became flesh”. It brings to us the effect which expresses the reality that God took on humanity; the infinite became finite; eternity entered time; the invisible became visible (Col.1:15); the Creator entered His creation. This is the purpose of the Season.
In this season we remember that the one purpose for Christmas is to reveal that a saviour has come. It demonstrated that God loves us so much that He prepared for us over thousands of years to receive His only Son in ways that He promised but were not understood. The arrival of the Saviour Jesus is great news! No wonder the scriptures declared that “When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5)
In our text, Luke 2: 1-20, we note the story of His birth told by Luke with every detail written there to convince readers that the birth of Jesus was not an ordinary one. From Luke 1:1-2, we note that Jesus was born in History at a traceable time in which an earthy king reigned. Verses 3-4, God engineered it so He was born in David’s birthplace, in fulfillment of prophecies. Verses 5-7, He was attended by hardship in humble circumstances thus identifying with the lowly. Verses 8-9, His birth was announced by the angels to the shepherds. Notice the glory that followed the appearance of the angels. How much more Glory will it be at the presence of God! Verses 10-11, the good news of Christ’s birth was announced, Verses 13-14, response from heavenly hosts and verses 15-18, 20 details the response of the shepherds to the announcement of the birth of the saviour. See Mary and how she must have wondered at all that was happening Verse 19. She kept pondering and ruminating the messages she had heard. May we not forget the message of His birth in the midst of the noise and busyness of the season?
- Discuss what Christmas means to you as a person. What do you remember about the season each year it draws near?
- From Luke 2:11, what are the three titles of Jesus given by the angels? What does each mean? What does this tell us about Jesus’ true identity? Luke 4: 18-19
- (Luke 2:7-8) Why do you think the message of Jesus’ birth came to shepherds, of all people? Why did God not choose the priest and teachers of the time?
- From Luke 2:17-20, point out the responses to the Good News about Christ’s birth. What lessons are we to learn from it?
- What practical things could you change in your “Christmas tradition” to make it a Christ-centered season?