Luke Chapter 2
In Luke chapter 2, we’re reminded of the Sovereignty of God. Our God brings divine appointments through ordinary means. A census is called causing Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” This is the place where King David was born, the place that David had been a shepherd to sheep, and the place where it had been prophesied the Messiah would be born.
It’s believed that the message of Jesus birth is first delivered to temple shepherds looking over the sheep who will be sacrificed at Passover for the sins of the people. The message given to them by the angels is the same message for us who would be led by this great Shepherd Jesus Christ: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” For He is our once and for all Passover lamb, crucified for our sins to be passed over by God.
The question becomes, how will we react to this news? Will we seek to find Him as the shepherds did? Will Jesus become the bread of life for us? Will we feed on His every word, make Him the Shepherd of our lives, and find the peace that comes from His favor?
We learn at the end of this chapter one way to find Jesus if we’re finding we’ve lost His presence and are looking for Him, ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’ Jesus dwells amongst His people. If you’re anxiously searching for Him, He may be waiting for you to come look for Him where His people gather. It is here He is most manifest, it is here we learn to love and be loved by Him and through Him.