In the 2nd chapter of Luke’s gospel we find the familiar passage recounting the birth of Jesus and the angelic announcement of “good news of great joy” to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.
As remarkable as this passage is its familiarity can cause us to look without seeing and hear without listening. When we come to familiar passages in our Bibles we have a tendency to read quickly over them, assuming that we have gained as much as we can from them already.
And so my hope is that we will approach these verses – as much as possible – with a fresh perspective, eager to take in all of the wonder and amazement that we ought to have as we reflect on the truth that God took on flesh and dwelt among us.
Let us behold the wondrous mystery that the 2nd person of the Trinity would condescend to be made in the likeness of sinful flesh and enter the world in such humble fashion. That while we were still enemies with God He came to seek and to save that which was lost.
May we never lose sight that He is Savior. He is the Christ. He is the Lord.
And as we keep these remarkable truths before us, we will be unable to do anything other than gaze upon our Savior in wonder; to eagerly share the good news of great joy with others; and to praise, glorify, and worship Christ our King.