A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU
Key Verse: 2:10,11
- Read verses 1-3. What do these verses tell us about the world in which Jesus was born? What was the probable purpose of the census? What does this event reveal about the suffering of colonial people?
- Read verses 4-7. What was Mary’s condition at this time? Why did they go to Bethlehem? What does “there was no room in the inn” tell us about the people of that time?
- Contrast Emperor Caesar Augustus with the baby Jesus in a manger. What can we learn about real power and real authority? What does this event show about God’s sovereign hand in history? (See Micah 5:2; Mt 2:6)
- Read verses 8-9. Who heard the first Christmas message? What were the shepherds doing? Why might God have chosen to make his announcement to them? What was their initial response?
- Read verses 10-11. Who is the baby in the manger? Why is his birth good news? Great joy? For all people? What is significant about his birth in the town of David? What does it mean that he is the Savior? Why do men need a Savior from sin?
- Read verse 12. What is the sign? What can we learn from this sign about God and the way he works?
7. Read verses 13-14. What does the angel’s chorus teach us about Jesus and the meaning of Jesus’ birth? What does his birth mean to you and me? Why do we celebrate his birth every year?