if Jesus is pursuing every person, we can only know what He’s up to by entering into another person’s story through holy love.
As we come to the close of the Christmas season, God’s people must be able to tell why the story of Jesus’ birth is good news. And we must tell it well, beyond the season.
Satan lied because he’s been after Jesus since the beginning, and humanity is the enemy’s collateral damage.
Jesus is political, but not in the ways we think, practice, or post on Twitter.
Instead of a list of goals for the year, how about a prayer?
God’s plan for our Christmas heroes was Jesus. And that’s the real gift of good news for us.
The first two chapters of Luke’s gospel could be considered Jesus’ baby book. And today’s text is one of those really big moments that usually doesn’t make the Christmas pageant.
These weren’t just any shepherds who helped keep people fed, these were the shepherds who helped keep people holy. These were the very shepherds who had a job because we needed a messiah.
The angels have been waiting for this moment, and their celebration crashed through the veil between worlds like revelers bursting through the walls of a New Year’s house party. They’re not sweetly singing on high; they’re seriously partying down below.
Christmas is God’s “Earth-shot.” Literal baby steps for the Son of Man that are giant leaps for all humanity.