Read This Week: Luke 2

So Joseph also went up from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger because no guest room was available for them. Luke 2:4-7 NIV

It’s that time of year again when the world pauses and engages in Christmas festivities, traditions, and celebrations. People worldwide will play music, attend parties, buy and wrap packages, exchange gifts, and even participate in religious gatherings. But this time of the year is also a moment when the name of Jesus Christ is impressed upon the world’s consciousness: his story, his divinity, and his ever-present importance to all humankind. This season points again to the timeless and transcendent message of Christ and his birth that holds a significance that cannot be lessened by time or the retelling of it.

In the annals of the New Testament, Luke 2 stands out in this radiant and timeless narrative that weaves together the essence of hope, redemption, and the miraculous. It is a pivotal chapter in the Gospels that unveils this profound story and offers us and everyone who hears it a glimpse into the divine orchestration of a world-changing event. It opens with the decree of Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, ordering a census that required everyone to return to their ancestral towns. Against this historical backdrop, we find Joseph and a pregnant Mary embarking on a journey to Bethlehem, Joseph’s city. The humble setting of a stable in this forgotten town would become the stage for one of the most transformative moments in history.

As Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem, we witness the simplicity and humility surrounding the birth of Jesus. The Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah, is born not in a palace or amidst grandeur but in a lowly manger. This choice of where the baby is born is a powerful testament to God’s preference for the meek and the humble, emphasizing the message of salvation being available to everyone. In Luke 2:8-20, we see the angelic proclamation to a group of shepherds in the fields. The announcement of the birth of Jesus is accompanied by a heavenly host praising God, and the shepherds are compelled to seek out the newborn Savior. Those on the margins of society see this divine revelation, underscoring the same inclusive nature of the gospel message.

This chapter also recounts the presentation of the baby Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem. Here, Simeon, a devout and righteous man, recognizes the child as fulfilling God’s promise to bring salvation to Israel and the Gentiles. It emphasizes the comprehensive scope of God’s redemptive plan, extending beyond ethnic and cultural boundaries. It is timeless and for all who will call on the name of the Lord.

In an ever-changing world and social landscape, the Christmas story rises above as an everlasting beacon of hope that illuminates the transformative power of Christ. It invites us to contemplate the profound mystery of the Incarnation, where the divine intersects with the ordinary, and to not see it as merely a historical event but an eternal proclamation of God’s love, grace, and redemption for all of humanity. It never gets old, becomes just a rehearsed story once a year, and always retains its power to captivate and save. It is timeless.


  1. Heidi on December 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Luke 2:6 While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, 7 and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [[d]swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a [e]manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn.

    8 In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for [f]all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,

    “Glory to God in the highest [heaven],
    And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”
    15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. 17 And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, 18 and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.
    This is the most wonderful part in the Bible to experience God’s love for us, if you’ll open up your heart and feel what was happening in this scene read it over and over and listen with heart what was going on with the people️
    What is God saying to your heart right now?

    Happy Birthday Jesus I love you so much❤️
    Thank you Father God for giving us Jesus a wonderful example of Your Love ❤️
    You know who will respond to Your Love

    I pray for all our loved ones to desire to want to get to know you in a personal way and know everything is from you because you love us so much I’m so thankful I get to experience Your Love and I’m your daughter I hope I get to do a lot more for You before I leave this world !
    I love You my Father, Jesus and Your Holy Spirit ️❤️

  2. Trina on December 29, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Luke Chapter 2 Verse 8
    And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over there flocked by night.

    Luke Chapter 2 Verse 9
    And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shown all about them, and they were terribly frightened..

    Luke Chapter 2 Verse 10
    But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

    Luke Chapter 2 Verse 11
    For to you is born this day in the town of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the (Messiah) the Lord!

    ~The Light Of The World~

    God Is Saying To Me:
    My child, do not allow fear to consume you. You are born again in the spirit and are made whole! That night in Bethlehem struck terror in the night sky but quickly gave hope for those marveling in dismay of the most powerful event birthed to mankind. My glory appeared and illuminated hope, power, peace and substance to those that knew me as their Father. That special eent changed fear into joy, hopelessness into hope and death into eternal salvation.

    What This Means To Me:
    While having a reverent fear of father God, He has given us the most precious gift known to mankind. Without the birth of Jesus, we are reduced to rubble and death. So take this miraculous event, cherish it, speak it into modern day existence, and show others the righteous path to life and eternal salvation. May we be reverently in awe, just like the shepherds in the field were that night in Bethlehem and allow the light and illumination of the glory of God to encompass our lives as we live today. Thank you God for the Messiah, the light of the world that shines forevermore! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Javaid Ahmed on December 30, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    God drew my attention to Luke 2 verses 34-35
    34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

    God spoke to me about this saying “Hold your heart in your hands and allow it to be vulnerable. Know that you are loved so deeply beyond even what your dreams can imagine. My day of birth is one I want you to associate with pure joy, for that is what I aim to bring you.”

    God is here with us every day! Jesus is risen and is our protector, but also our teacher, our savior and our companion. He takes the hurt so we don’t have to, and allows us to focus on being closer with Him. What an amazing day. Thank you God!

  4. PK Chat on December 31, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Are you striving to be informed and connected to God’s works, or are you inadvertently unaware of His miraculous deeds unfolding around you?

    In every moment, God is actively manifesting His glory through great and wondrous acts. The pivotal question for us as believers is: Are we actively participating in God’s divine plan, or are we inadvertently distancing ourselves from His purpose?

    For me, I’ve come to realize that life is replete with opportunities to align ourselves with God’s will. Staying intimately connected with Him is crucial, ensuring we are in harmony with His actions and intentions, so we don’t miss the blessings He has in store.

    1. God continuously performs great and miraculous deeds.
    2. Are you an active participant in God’s works, or are you inadvertently missing out?
    3. It’s vital to remain close to God, immersing yourself in His divine presence and purpose, allowing His guidance to shape every aspect of your life.

  5. reachchurch on December 31, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    This Week in the Life: Luke 2 – Happy Birthday, Jesus!

    For the best experience, we suggest you listen to the first song, the message, and the second song.

    1. Sunday Worship – First Song: https://reachchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/20231231-Worship1.wav
    2. Sunday Message: https://reachchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/20231231-Message.wav
    3. Sunday Worship – Second Song: https://reachchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/20231231-Worship2.wav

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  6. Alma on January 5, 2024 at 12:47 am

    This week a have a song in Luke chapter 2

    Let’s come together to worship our Lord let’s come together to worship our Lord praising and singing, glory, glory, hallelujah to our king on earth, and in heaven, he was born and died for our sins so we could be set freeHis love is amazing. Our Lord is about love, joy, kindness, so let’s be proud Go plant some seeds of our Lord, helping others to see his light the light of the world, so let’s come together to worship our Lord Let’s come together to worship our Lord praising and singing . Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Amen.

    I love Spreading his word, being the light, the light of the Lord, helping others to see, and share his love.

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