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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2013–2014

December 22 Lesson 4 JESUS IS BORN

DEVOTIONAL READING: Galatians 4:1–7 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:1–20

LUKE 2:1–17
LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to: 1. Summarize the story of the birth of Jesus according to Luke. 2. Explain the significance of Luke’s listing of political rulers, the importance of the lineage of David, and the irony of the announcement of such an important birth being given first to shepherds. 3. Commit Luke 2:1–7 to memory.

The Earthly First Family KEY VERSE
"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."—Luke 2:7
LESSON OUTLINE
Introduction       A.      The Power of Christmas       B.      Lesson Background     I.      Worldly Power (LUKE 2:1–3)       A.      Decree (vv. 1, 2)       B.      Obedience (v. 3) Romans 8:28 in Action   II.      Lowly Infant (LUKE 2:4–7)       A.      David’s City (v. 4)       B.      David’s Des…

*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson, © 2009

Lesson December 22, 2013 Jesus Is Born Luke 2:1-20
This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. ______ By Sam E. Stone
Of the four Gospel writers, Luke is the one who gives the historical details and setting of Jesus’ birth. With careful research and guided by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, he records the wonderful news of Christ’s birth and how those who first heard about it were called to rejoice. No doubt Luke interviewed Mary, Jesus’ mother, in preparing to write it (Luke 1:3; 2:19). The Baby’s BirthLuke 2:1-7Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.The Romans were the dominant world power when Jesus was born. By using the emperor’s name and a specific event in his reign, Luke established the accuracy of his account. A. T. Robertson noted, “Papyri and inscriptions have confirmed Luke on every point in these critical verses (2:1-7).”
All the people went to their plac…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament  Isaiah 7:10–16
   Psalm  Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 (UMH 801)
 New Testament  Romans 1:1–7
 Gospel   Matthew 1:18–25


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

             Old Testament       Isaiah 7:10–16
             Psalm       Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
             New Testament       Romans 1:1–7
             Gospel       Matthew 1:18–25


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR 2

 Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 24, 29
 Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 8, 84
Old Testament Genesis 3:8–15
 New Testament  Revelation 12:1–10
       Gospel John 3:16–21


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

   Old TestamentDeuteronomy 18:15–19
     PsalmPsalm 111
   Epistle Philippians 4:4–7
   Gospel   John 1:19–28 or Luke 1:39–56


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A | ROMAN MISSAL

              First Reading       Isaiah 7:10–14
              Response       Psalm 24:7c, 10b
Psalm Psalm 24:1–6
              Second Reading       Romans 1:1–7
Gospel Acclamation       Matthew 1:23
Gospel       Matthew 1:18–24


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 22
A False Form of RighteousnessRomans 9:30–10:21
Zeal can be treacherous if it’s misplaced. It may lead us to set and strictly follow standards that have nothing to do with God’s work—standards that make us feel like good people but that can devastate our lives and the lives of others.

Paul addresses the misplaced zeal of many Jewish people in his letter to the Roman church: “Brothers, the desire of my heart and my prayer to God on behalf of them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For ignoring the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom 10:1–4).

Many Jewish people who had rejected the Messiah were attempting to make themselves right with God by keeping the OT law. In doing so, they missed God by seeking their own righteousness. Paul tells the…