Today’s reading is Luke 2.
When Luke was written, “gospel” or “good news” was not a religious word. It was a political word. That is, “gospel” or “good news” usually referred to some great news about the emperor, the empire, or victory. It was the word used to describe the birth of the coming emperor or the ascension of a new emperor or the victory of the emperor over Rome’s enemies. When the angels used this word to describe the birth of Jesus, it was a powerful word for those Jewish shepherds. The anointed King of Israel, the descendant of David was born. He would be both Lord and Savior of the Jews. Rome would not be able to withstand this King. It was very much a challenge to the politics of the day. It was good news of great joy because finally the real King had been born, and victory over all enemies was coming. What good news of great joy this still is today. Our King was born. He lived. He conquered. He reigns. Follow Jesus today. He is the Savior. He is the Lord. He is the King. He is the Emperor. He is the only way to victory over and salvation from every enemy, including sin and death. And that is good news of great joy.
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 2.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, Jesus got left behind in Jerusalem for five days. Does that shock you at all? He doesn’t seem to have a bit of a problem. He doesn’t spend His time wondering around the city. He doesn’t spend His time fretting or sightseeing or getting entertained. He spends His time in the temple talking with the teachers. Of course, He’s Jesus. Even as a child, I’m sure He was special and imbued with greater knowledge than a normal person. However, I’d just like to encourage you in this. Jesus did live as one of us. He went through what we all go through. I’ll grant He may have had some leg up on us as children, however, I think you and I should use this as a reminder that we are both probably capable of more than we think. We always tend to think we need more growth, more experience, more something to do great and shocking things. However, don’t forget Samuel serving in the tabernacle as a child, Josiah a king at age 8. Jesus talking with the teachers at age 12. By the grace of God, we are all more capable than we realize. Let’s quit selling ourselves and our God short. Let’s step out in faith and see what difficult things we can do.