Luke

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

These words of the Gospel of Luke express the two sacred, eternal, glorious central truths of the Christmas tidings. Deny one, and you have removed the granite blocks upon which the temple of our faith rests. Deny the other, and you have destroyed the girders that strengthen its towering structure. A Saviour has been born for you, and He is Christ the Lord.

Now is the Time

Now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

A man who writes a column in the St. Louis daily newspaper stated, after he had been baptized as an adult: "I wish I had received spiritual training when young. I believe it would have given me a better moral and ethical base from which to govern my life; I would have avoided many of the pitfalls of ego and arrogance." 

Eternal Life – by Grace

"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.'" Matthew 25:34

Our Lord’s self-identification with the needy as “the least of these brothers of Mine” (Matthew 25:40), is readily understood and deeply appreciated. Jesus calls for good works in a most appealing way. Some have sought to find support here for their belief that acceptance with God rests not only on faith but also on good works.

The Work of Healing

Acts 10:38 "He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him."

These words are a summary of Jesus' ministry. The four gospels overflow with accounts of those healed by His loving hand. Some were upset that Jesus claimed the authority to forgive sin. But Jesus answered, "Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins... . He said to the paralysed man, 'Get up, take your mat and go home'" (Luke 5:23-24). 

Jesus, Our Promise Fulfilled

“Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

Ever heard anyone say, “Now I can die happy”? Perhaps people are joking when they say that because there’s certainly nothing that could spoil a happy moment more than death itself. Simeon wasn’t joking, but then his expression of praise for God is much deeper than mere trivial emotion. While God had promised that Simeon would see the promised Christ before he died, Simeon wasn’t just happy that his own Saviour had been born, he was praising God that this child, Jesus, would be the Saviour for all people. 

Jesus, Our Substitute

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”). Luke 2:22-23

Joseph and Mary consecrated the baby Jesus to the Lord in order to keep a law that had been given by Moses thousands of years earlier. God knew long before Moses that Christ would be the firstborn son of a virgin mother, so He declared that all firstborn male children belonged to Him. However, instead of requiring lifelong service from each of these firstborn sons, He accepted the service of Levite men in place of the firstborn of Israel. 

Nothing to Chance

What an amazing event this must have been! A multitude of heavenly beings praising God as Bethlehem shepherds watched. The angels were overjoyed because God was overjoyed. The “heavenly host” testified that Jesus, the Son of God, had just been born for the salvation of mankind; God’s plan of salvation was coming to fulfilment.