Text: Luke 2:1-20
Is there a greater day than Christmas? We wouldnt have experienced
the cross or anything else if it wasnt for this day. After Adam and Eve had sinned
paradise was closed but on this day it is as if paradise was opened again. What kind of
people were the shepherds? One imagines that they were believers. Suddenly a light shone
all around. That must have been a wonderful Christmas. What we have today is nothing like
what they experienced on that Christmas. Caesar Augustus was the leader in Rome. He ruled
the world and no-one could say anything against him and he was regarded as a god. The
Romans were heathens. He made a law that a census should be held. He could have had
different reasons for this. Maybe he wanted to know how many people he ruled and maybe he
wanted to collect taxes because rulers love money. They went from his palace known as the
palace of gold because of the great of amount of gold in it. When the devil tempted the
Lord Jesus he offered him all the riches of this world. Caesar signed the decree because
any one who didnt comply would have been executed.
Mary was expecting her child and she had to go and be counted. It
was a difficult time for her. She could have complained but this law of Caesar was all
part of Gods plan. We say in our foolishness that things are not going right. We can
easily complain and yet all the time God was in control so that the child would be born in
Bethlehem. We love complaining and criticizing and here we see that God was in control and
using even heathen rulers. We say the heathen are godless and all the time God is steering
them. They had to get to Bethlehem. God even said of Bethlehem that it is not so
insignificant because the Saviour would be born there. We are fools and criticize when
there are problems.
Joseph was a real man. There is no man amongst us that can be
compared to him. Joseph didnt go around and talk to everyone about what had
happened. Joseph didnt let out the heavenly mysteries that God had revealed to him.
No, he kept quiet about it. Jesus was grown up and people said, "He is the son of
Mary and Joseph." So Joseph didnt tell everyone mysteries that God had revealed
Caesar as a heathen king signed the decree that everyone should go
to the place where they had been born. We dont know how long it took them because it
was about 160 km. They went under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a wise man.
Its wonderful if you get guidance from the Holy Spirit and are not lead by your own
emotions. Its said that there is place for everything but when the Son of God
arrives, suddenly there is no place. Maybe there was place but people looked at Joseph and
Mary and because they had traveled a long way and she was expecting, they said they
didnt have space for them.
The stables were just dug out of the ground. Imagine, Jesus is the
Son of God and Joseph had to look for hay just for him to lay his head on but maybe it was
better amongst the cattle than amongst people who fight etc. Some had come from Rome where
it was very rich but Gods Son comes and there is no room. What a shame! The world
has lots of space for the devil but not for the Lord Jesus. If we have a little bit of
brains in our head, what do we say about such a situation. Everything belongs to the Lord
Jesus but people didnt have room for him. Jesus came to take us to heaven but we're
not interested in going to heaven. What does heaven mean to you? Are boys and girls more
important to you and you are still at school? Isaiah saw the seraphim calling out
"Holy,holy, holy." Do you look down on that and then still want to be respected.
There were masses of people to whom this message meant nothing. The birth of our Lord
Jesus is something amazing. The angel came and was as bright as lightening.
The shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem. They found the child just
as the angel had told them. I wonder what they must have felt finding this child in
poverty and then embracing him. This child was born to save us from our sin. This
wonderful news was proclaimed. What would you have felt? He saves us from hell. Jesus
should mean everything to you. Truly, Jesus should mean everything to you. Imagine him
coming to take hell out of your life and save you from sin. A son told his parents that he
was homosexual but Jesus has come to save us from that. Angels went back to heaven and
reported that Gods Son had come but Man had no room for him. The shepherds shared
with everyone what they had experienced, that the Child had been born - the one who will
save us from our sin.