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
The concepts of manhood, womanhood and marriage are under increasing attack in the age in which we live. Many sceptics of Christianity declare that Jesus said nothing about these matters, but in fact Jesus directly addressed this subject in the Gospel of Matthew, giving us
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.
Kent Hughes observes, “The Gospels taken together reveal that there had been repeated personal pain for Jesus in his early ministry.” We should not let that thought escape us as we examine the passage before us. Our Lord and Saviour experienced much personal pain, including