Today’s reading is Luke 2.
If God wanted to make a splash, He sure went about it an odd way. It’s almost like He was doing everything He could to turn people off from Jesus. Jesus comes from a poor family living in a backwoods town of a backwoods nation. Not only that, but everyone who knew anything about the family would think Jesus was an illegitimate child. I know that term is out of favor in our day and age, but that is exactly how those around Jesus would have viewed it. The birth is first announced to shepherds. Really? Of all people, not the Jewish Council, not magistrates, not officials, but shepherds? Why would God start this way? Perhaps for the same reason He whittled Gideon’s army down to 300 (Judges 7). When this story is done and it is successful, it leaves everyone knowing one thing. God must be behind this. And that really is where we are, isn’t it? We live in a world whose largest religion follows the Man described above. He not only came to popularity, but He claimed to be divine and was then killed. Did that end His popularity and His following? Nope. It only increased it. Everyone else, throughout all history, who claimed to be divine lost their following when they died. But not Jesus. That is amazing. How could this happen? Only if God is real and really behind it. Hang on to Jesus today. I promise you’ll be glad you did.
Next week’s reading is Luke 3.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. What a guide for your growth. Growing in stature will happen naturally for most. Just keep living, and that one will take care of itself. But the other three will take some real work. What do you think you need to do today to grow in wisdom? To grow in favor with God? To grow in favor with the people around you? Granted, we do know with that last one, when garnering the favor of the people around us means losing the favor of God, we choose God above all. But Jesus sets a great example and guide for how you should conduct your life. Pursue wisdom today. Read. Ask questions. Learn. Seek the favor of God. Get into the Word. Pray. Obey. Seek the favor of men. Be respectful. Be considerate. Even when people disobey God, love them. Follow in Jesus’s footsteps. Grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.