Job applications provide a place to list your qualifications for a particular job opportunity. Luke’s account shows Jesus is uniquely qualified to deliver people from their sins as God promised. Notice Jesus’ two important qualifications this morning.
Two words communicate both joy and terror when they are heard: company’s coming. As John starts to spread this message of joy and terror, three commands stand out. Notice them today and prepare yourself for what is about to happen.
We hear the first recorded words from Jesus’ mouth and discover exactly what Jesus learned in His childhood. Jesus makes wise choices. Our passage highlights at least three choices Jesus made.
This morning we watch Joseph, Mary, and their baby go through normal rituals and movements. Look closely. There are hidden images waiting to be discovered. There is more to see when you look at Jesus because Jesus deserves to be seen.
Man promises peace and even tries to provide it. God gives peace unlike any other. Look at the Christmas narrative this morning. Watch God provide peace in a way no one else ever can.
What a joy to know God not only knows everything, He remembers it, too! Today’s passage celebrates the fact God remembers what He has said and that God keeps His promises. Notice how God keeps His promises to others and how God keeps His promises to groups of people.
For every “rags to riches” story there are hundreds of people just trying to get by. Today’s text introduces you to another person trying their best to live right in a world gone wrong. She teaches us that God blesses those trusting Him.
What happens when life does not go as planned? What does life teach you in those moments? Notice the pattern of service set by a priest in today’s text. Keep serving God because help is on the horizon.