Audio: Luke 2 Christmas Musings

“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 ESV

The Greatest Story Ever ToldLuke 2 gives us the wonderful account of our Lord’s birth. This wonderfully beautiful account is often read and enjoyed by during the Christmas season.

Although the events in this chapter occurred some two thousand years ago, a thoughtful reading of the passage will show that our modern world is very much like the world that our Lord Jesus Christ was born into.

“There was no place for them in the inn” then and there is still no place for Him today. He was rejected then, and He is still rejected now.

There were a few exceptions though: Anna was among those “waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” Luke 2:38 and Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” Luke 2:25.

There were exceptions then, and there are exceptions now! How about you? Have you room for Jesus?

Recorded: Sunday December 23, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel in York, PA.

 

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Jottings – He Saw A Little Baby

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On Luke 2:26 – “God had promised Simeon that he would see the salvation of God. What did he see? He saw a little Baby. Salvation is a Person, and not something that you do. Salvation is a Person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. You either have Him, or you don’t have Him. You either trust Him, or you don’t trust Him.”

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary, Vol. 4: Luke. electronic ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, p. 254. [Italics original.]

 

 

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The Genealogy Of Jesus Christ

The Genealogy of Jesus ChristOne of the wonderful aspects of blogging is meeting other bloggers who share the same interests. Since launching Digital Sojourner some 14 months ago I’ve met several dedicated Christians who love to share with the world their faith in Christ through the medium of blogging.

One of those bloggers is Jessica Morris who writes about her two greatest passions in life– her faith and her family. Her blog is called making the home a haven & nurturing those that live there. But make no mistake, Jessica is not another “mommy blogger” writing about another runny nose. She writes insightful articles about raising a Christian family in our modern environment. This, combined with her original photography makes for a truly engaging blog.

As a lead-up to Christmas for her family she has selected 25 personalities from our Lord’s genealogy to learn about. Through her blog Jessica is also sharing those lessons with a much larger audience. I highly recommend checking out her series of posts.

Link: Following the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.

 

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Christmas Jottings – Jesus

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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. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 
…and when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS

 

Luke 2:7-14, Luke 2:21a KJV

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas… may the true meaning of Christmas be foremost in our thoughts.

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Christmas Jottings – Wise Men

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Regarding Matthew 2:11

 
“The treasures they brought spoke volumes.

 

Gold is a symbol of deity and glory; it speaks of the shining perfection of His divine Person.

 

Frankincense is an ointment or perfume; it suggests the fragrance of the life of sinless perfection.

 

Myrrh is a bitter herb; it presages the sufferings He would endure in bearing the sins of the world.”

William MacDonald, Believers Bible Commentary, New Testament. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1990. p. 23.

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Christmas Lessons For Modern Living

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A wide array of diverse people appear throughout the Gospel narratives surrounding the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Kings and shepherds, Gentile wise men and Jewish priests, and a number of other completely different kinds of people show up before, during, and after the birth of the Messiah. One way or another, they all provide examples to instruct us – some good and others bad. Mary, Simeon, and Anna highlight three different qualities that every Christian ought to emulate.


Brain Food

In the aftermath of the shepherds’ visit, Luke 2:19 records Mary’s response: “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” The key word to notice is “ponder,” meaning “to give careful consideration to various implications of an issue—‘to reflect on, to think about seriously, to think deeply about.’”* Another commentator adds: “‎Literally, ‘casting together,’ i. e. comparing and considering; like our ‘casting in mind.’ Comp. Genesis 37:11, ‘his father observed the saying.’ She did not at once understand the full significance of all these events.”** To put it slightly differently, she was one who meditated on the things of God, carefully and repeatedly turning truth over in her mind.

The modern world presents many challenges to regular meditation on Christ as He is revealed in the Scriptures. Endless e-mails, interminable texts, intrusive iPhones and a host of other contemporary innovations threaten to distract from what is of ultimate value. The frenetic pace of life on the digital superhighway must not overwhelm our minds. We must assiduously carve out the time to feed on the Christ of the Bible, mentally masticating thoughts concerning His person and work.


Purposeful Waiting

Like Mary, Simeon gives modern believers a valuable and practical lesson worthy of imitation. He is described as “…waiting for the Consolation of Israel…” (Luke 2:25.) “The Consolation of Israel” is rightly capitalized in the New King James Version for it is a Messianic title. Simeon was not merely awaiting an event such as world peace or heavenly glory, he was expecting a person. As David Gooding explains:

The delightful term ‘consolation of Israel’ suggests that his expectation was based on the programme enunciated in such passages as Isaiah 40ff. He was looking for the day when Israel’s warfare and chastisement would be over, and God would ‘comfort his people’. Nor was Simeon narrowly concerned simply for the future of Israel. Basing himself again on Isaiah’s predictions (e.g. Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 49:6 etc.) he foresaw the time when the light of God’s salvation would spread to the very ends of the earth (see Luke 2:31-32).***

In other words, he was looking forward to the Lord’s coming. Likewise, Christians today ought to eagerly anticipate the coming of Christ – this time He returns to receive His people to Himself (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.) Is this our daily focus and earnest hope? May the Holy Spirit stir us to long for the Lord’s coming like Simeon of old.


Spread The Word

The third of our nativity role models, Anna, demonstrates the great privilege of believers to proclaim the good news of Christ. She “…spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38.) The glad tidings of Christmas are that the Son of God took on human flesh in order to give His life as a sacrifice for sin so that God His Father could reconcile sinful and fallen mankind to Himself. Anna was an excellent example of an ambassador for Christ, faithfully discharging the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21.) Like her, we must share the good news with those we meet.

Mary, Simeon, and Anna remind us of the ongoing impact that the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ have upon our lives. Such truths go beyond mere sentimentality and must form the bedrock of our behavior. We must meditate on the Word while we wait for the Lord Jesus to return, and speak of Him to those that we meet.

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*Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains. electronic ed. of the 2nd edition. New York: United Bible Societies, 1996, pp. 349f.

**F.W. Farrar, The Gospel According to St Luke, With Maps, Notes and Introduction. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1891, p. 70.

***D.W. Gooding, According to Luke. pp. 55f. Electronic ed., accessed here: Key Bible Concepts on 3/29/11.

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Christmas Jottings – Heavenly Host

Christmas Jottings

Referring to Luke 2:13-14

 

…so when the Herald-Angle had spoken, a multitude of heaven’s host stood forth to hymn the good tidings he had brought. What they sang was but the reflex of what had been announced.

 

It told in the language of praise the character, the meaning, the result, of what had taken place. Heaven took up the strain of ‘glory’; earth echoed it as ‘peace’; it fell on the ears and hearts of men as ‘good pleasure’

 

Glory to God in the Highest-
And upon earth peace-
Among men good pleasure!

Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., Peabody, MA, 1993. p. 132. Originally published in 1883.

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