And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52) The first thirty years of Jesus’ life gets little attention in the gospels: the last three make up the bulk of the narrative. Jesus had a short life. What is recorded focuses on the purpose of his life, the … Continue reading The task of youth
Simeon’s first words about the 8 day old Jesus must have seemed a little unbelievable to both Jesus’ parents and any onlookers who overheard, because he stated quite clearly the extraordinary idea that this child represented God’s rescue plan for humanity, both Jew and Gentile: For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have … Continue reading The controversial Jesus
Luke was a doctor. He had possibly been a slave, the family physician of a wealthy family, but he was educated in the Greek medical tradition. At some stage in his life he met Paul and the focus of his life changed, becoming the traveling physician of Paul's missionary band. It may have been that … Continue reading Luke introduces the main protagonist: Jesus
In the first two chapters of his autobiography about Jesus, Luke records four “songs” about God. They have been cherished by believers from the very earliest times of Christianity; the well known Latin names for these songs reflect their antiquity and the importance of their place in the Roman church: the Magnificat (by Mary), the … Continue reading How great is our God!
Luke 2:25-40 In the second chapter of Luke we meet two new characters, both old age pensioners, although there was presumably no old age pension in those days. They both are extraordinary people. The first is Simeon, a man described as righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel.” The second is Anna, an … Continue reading Contentment and passion in old age. Simeon and Anna.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will … Continue reading Company of angels