That lovely carol originally written as a children's song, still and endearing look at the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you know, we are deeply concentrated in the twenty-first chapter of Luke and looking not at the first coming of our Lord, but at His Second Coming. Certainly over the manger loomed the shadow of a cross but over the manger also loomed the shadow of a crown. The one who came in humility will come in glory.
We return in our study of the Word of God then to Luke chapter 21. And our text is Luke 21 verses 25 to 28. Let me read that text establishing it in your mind and then we'll go in to it in some detail.
"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars and upon the earth dismay among nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves. Men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near."
As you will recall, if you have been following this particular series, the disciples had asked Jesus some questions about His parousia, His dominating presence as judge and ruler. They were asking about when He was going to end the current age and establish the glorious Messianic age, when He was going to bring the Kingdom, if you will, when He was going to bring judgment upon the ungodly and blessing to the saints, when He was going to fulfill all promises regarding the Kingdom, when righteousness and peace would dominate the world, when salvation would come to Israel and Israel would be restored to a place of glory in the world and from the throne of David in Israel, in Jerusalem the Messiah would rule the world...when was that going to happen? And what signs would indicate its nearness? These are the questions that are on their mind....