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Born of the Virgin Mary

December 8, 2016

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Wednesday of Advent 2                  Trinity Lutheran Church

7 December 2016                             Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

Luke 2:1-20

Born of the Virgin Mary

 

The text speaks of a birth. Looks like any ordinary birth. Quite insignificant, irrelevant and trivial. The Baby shares the humiliation and disgrace of foreign pagan domination with His people Israel. The Roman emperor “Augustus” and the Roman governor “Quirinius” decree the place of His birth. From the beginning of His life He “has nowhere to lay His head” (Lk 9:58). There is “no room for them in the inn.” He lies in a cradle unlike any other: a “manger,” a feeding trough. Like any other ordinary Jewish baby He is “wrapped” in “swaddling cloths”.

 

However, He is NOT like any poor Jewish baby. His father is not Joseph. His Father is the First Person of the Trinity: God the Father. Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity is begotten of the Father from eternity. This little Baby Jesus is God in the flesh. Secondly, His mother is a virgin. Yes, that’s right. Mary is a virgin. Just as the prophet Isaiah promised: “the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son.” Baby Jesus was conceived not by a man, not by Joseph, but by the Holy Spirit sent by the Father. When Gabriel preached the Father’s Word in Mary’s ears, in other words, when he preached a sermon, Jesus was conceived.

 

Let’s not forget that last week we rejoiced that the Holy Spirit always bears witness to Jesus and gives glory to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is all about Jesus. All in for Jesus. Why? Because Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, takes on human flesh and saviors the world by His death on the cross.

 

Well, now it is time for her to give birth to Baby Jesus. Jesus is born of the Virgin Mary. Again, this is all God’s work. All God’s giving. FOR YOU! FOR YOUR SALVATION! Jesus is born of the Virgin Mary to give you the gift of salvation.

 

Yes, it all looks so trifling. So unimportant. But it’s not! This is wondrous! Magnificent! The angels always wondered how the Triune God would save rebellious sinners. Now they know! It’s absolutely stunning. The Savior is conceived by the Holy Spirit and is born of the Virgin Mary.

 

Consequently, all heaven breaks wide open. And with it angels are sent by God to preach. They proclaim the meaning of this birth. The gist is this: Baby Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, is God’s gift to save sinners. To save you. You cannot save yourself. So this is what it takes for God to save you and all sinners.

 

No wonder then that the angel’s sermon goes like this: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord.”

 

And then a entire host of angelic preachers praise God for the birth of Savior Baby Jesus: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

 

Such preaching by the angels puts the birth of Jesus in proper perspective. Yes, it’s lowly. Yes, it’s humble. But it is God, the Lord of all history, not the Romans, that dictates the place of Jesus’ birth. God the Father fulfills His promise of the Savior coming from the little town of “Bethlehem,” the “city of David,” (Micah 5:2-4; Matthew 2:1-6). God the Father together with the Holy Spirit are responsible for bringing about the conception and birth of Jesus – for sending Jesus down into the sinful depths of our hellacious misery, so that He would deliver you by taking in His body your sin and all its damnation.

 

God picked the shepherds to hear this good news first. Now tonight He gives it once again for you to hear. And to believe. The promise given to the shepherds is also FOR YOU.

 

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary as Savior FOR YOU. Your sins are forgiven. Heaven is yours. So too is eternal life. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST! God’s favor rests on you because of Jesus born of the Virgin Mary. That really is good news. The best news you’ve every heard.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

 

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