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A Sermon on Luke 2:7

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (ESV)

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There is a vast difference between the glorious Good News of the eternal Son of God taking on flesh to rescue sinners and the vague commercialized cultural Christmas message of good cheer. The authoritative Word of God does not present a Christmas message about the brotherhood of man, and vague encouragement to have the Christmas spirit. Instead, we see the facts about the Son of God and the significance of those facts. In this Christmas sermon on Luke 2:7, Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls the church to hold firmly to the historicity of the babe, born of a virgin, in Bethlehem, in a stable, and in the manger. We must rid ourselves of false sentimentality about what Christmas is truly about and tell the truth about how the world is. The world, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, is blinded to their real need. The world is cold and full of selfishness. The Son of God is humble, and was born in the lowliest of situations. When we have the facts, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we are amazed that God the Son would come at all for such a dark world. Moreover, when we have the facts, we see the love of God which led to the Son of God coming so that sinners might be reconciled to God. Leave behind the philosophy of Christmas spirit and embrace the historical facts of God taking on human flesh!

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 2:7, New American Standard Bible

7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7, King James Version

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.