(52 verses, 3:14 to read)
- “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
- The world is taxed and Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem (1-7).
- Angels preach a sermon of Christ to shepherds (8-20).
- The circumcision and name of Jesus (21).
- A promise fulfilled for Simeon and Anna (22-40).
- As a boy, Jesus amazes the teaches at the temple (41-52).
- Merry Christmas everyone!
- Though these versus are extremely familiar, not only in the church but also in society at large, when the chapter is read in its entirety, a couple of interesting things present themselves. First of all, the step parallelism which Pastor Stout told us about in the first chapter is continued, but now with an extended section on Jesus birth and young life before the action returns to John in the third chapter.
- Second, there are a series of contrasts that catch our attention. Jesus is born in humility and placed in a manger, but this little baby is called Savior, Christ, and Lord by the angel who appeared to the shepherds. In the presentation at the temple we see a pious family fulfilling their obligations to the levitical law, but then Simeon teaches that this child is salvation, revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel finally returned to the temple. At the end of the chapter we find the contrast between parents who are distressed over their missing son and Jesus who is amazing the teachers in the temple with his understanding and answers.
- Notice how both the human and divine natures of Jesus are demonstrated through this chapter. Can you name a way his humanity is evidenced and an instance of his divinity showing itself?
- The hopes and fears of all the years are met in the birth of Jesus. Here, surrounded by shepherds and farm animals, we see the glory of God manifested in the flesh. Jesus comes in the flesh so that he can keep the requirements law for you. He comes so that he can teach you of the Father’s love as a Son who has known God from eternity. He comes to suffer and die for you, so that you might know the Father’s love as a beloved child blessed in the waters of baptism.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme