December 23: Luke 2:1-20

Welcome to The Intentional Podcast. Setting aside time for prayer and Scripture meditation can change the posture of your day. Thank you for spending a few minutes with us as we turn our attention to what Jesus has for the day ahead.

OPENING PRAYER:

Before you read the Scripture for today, limit the distractions around you and spend time in prayer. Spend time thanking God for the opportunity we have to spend with Him through the reading of His Word.

SCRIPTURE:

Luke 2:1-20

HISTORICAL CONTEXT:

Augustus was the most powerful ruler in the Mediterranean world. This table shows the contrast between the current ruler and the ruler that is born in Luke 2.

AugustusJesus
Augustus (v.1) ruled from a palaceJesus was placed in a an animal feeding trough shortly after birth (v.7)
Earthly choirs in imperial temples praised Augustus, celebrating his birthdayHeavenly choirs praised Jesus at his birth (v.13)
Augustus was hailed as bringer of the Pax Romana, the Roman peaceHeaven’s choirs praised Jesus as bringer of true peace (v.14)
Augustus was hailed as savior and lordThe angel of the Lord announces Jesus as Savior and Lord (v.11)
Augustus enjoyed the praise of the powerfulAngels announced Jesus’ birth to shepherds, who were considered lowly and often despised (vv.8-9)

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  • What phrases stood out to you?
  • What might God be saying to you through this passage, and how can you respond today?
  • What does this passage tell us about God? How does it look forward to Jesus’ coming?
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