Peter Perryman – Comparisons with the birth and death of Christ

Peter Perryman – Comparisons with the birth and death of Christ

Luke 2

Thinking about this chapter in the context of contemporary society.

Narrative and thinking is embellished by traditions etc that men have built around this story. Also thinking of the death and comparing it with his birth.

There are some interesting similarities.

Birth of Christ

Prophesied in OT – Just as the death is.

7. And 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.

Made me think of John 19

40. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

Wrapped in swaddling and then linen

“no room at the inn”

The word inn, is more to do with a guest room rather than a building

Luke 22 v 11. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

Manger (not somewhere you would normally place a baby) – Luke 23 v 53. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

At both, angels were present, both at birth and death. Signs in the sky, stars, darkness etc.

Mat 2 v 11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Luke 24 v 1. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. (Previously mentioned in Luke 23 v 56)

Luke 2 v 25. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Introduced to Simeon.

v 28. Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said….

Joseph in Luke 23 who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. – doesn’t specifically say arms, but…

v 50 – 53

Luke 2 – shepherds experience joy and fear

Luke 24 – emotions that disciples have – terror, fear, joy

What is the point of all this? – What is the significance?

Rev 1 v 8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Thinking of beginnings and endings – Looked at these chapters again and saw more beginnings and endings in general terms.

Luke 2

Shepherds learning about the birth of Christ – perhaps beginning of a spiritual journey

Simeon – 29. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

Anna – 36. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age…

Ends of life for these two people.

Isa 44 part of the phrase from Rev 1

v 2 context of birth and idolatry  – importance of not forgetting about God.

v 21. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.

6. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

In context of beginnings and endings – using Isa 44 – Wherever we are in our spiritual life, beginning or end, we should not forget God. Whatever the context, God should not be forgotten.

21. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.

22. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

We have these similarities between the beginning and end of Christ’s life because he was the beginning and end – Alpha and Omega.


Luke 2

7. And 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.

Her first born son

10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Dramatic news and fear, but then joy

Mat 28

5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

7. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

8. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Similar pattern

Terror at the shining raiment etc – message is given, they return and with great joy

This can be tied with Colossians 1

12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Idea of the first born, of Mary and of the dead.


Luke 2

16. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Luke 24

3. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

Luke 2

20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 24

9. And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

One birth is like one under the law – the offerings, purification, circumcision – the shepherds see him physically. in Luke 24, he is not found, but the good news through faith is returned to the people that he is risen.


Rev 1

First and beginning – Not to be confused.

Ecc 7 v 8. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

This is about the word. “It is good from the end of his word, than the first” – The last word is better than the first.

God sends forth his word which accomplishes what he intends it to. This takes time and affects his purpose latterly.

10. Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

This betrays the idea that man think the first days are better. People think birth has promise of life and death is the end. The future is better than what has happened. The whole of scripture is like this.

Spices and linen etc was anticipation of him being the first born of the dead – it was because they believed that he was about to be raised, not that he was dead!

In Christ it is a better covenant than that of the wilderness.


2 Peter 2

20. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Comparison with Job

Job 42 v 12. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: