Luke 2

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.

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.