As we approach the text before us, Jesus Christ, Messiah, had been born. The long- awaited promised good news had been announced (1:26–38), affirmed (1:39–56), and arrived (2:1–20). An angel of the Lord informed the shepherds of Messiah’s birth, and so they left their lambs,
The birth of royal children has historically garnered a lot of attention. It is big news. When Princess Kate is pregnant, it becomes a major news item—for the entire nine months and long after the child is born. The other day I came across a
We are studying selected passages from Luke 1–2 with a view towards having a gospel-centred Christmas. I trust it will also help us to have a gospel-centred year beyond Christmas. Previously, we studied 1:26–38 under the title “The Good News Announced.” In this study, we
Christmastime is loved and celebrated around the world. In the southern hemisphere, this usually means warm weather, an extended break from work or school, time for family and home maintenance, lots of eating and, of course, gift-giving. There is nothing wrong with any of this.