Luke wrote the most descriptive, detailed of the gospels. He desired to recount the Gospel story for the Gentiles. I just read in one of my study Bibles that one of Luke’s themes was the “great reversal” where the last shall become first and the first, last. Wow. I unwittingly picked up on an intended theme of Luke’s in my blog from a couple days ago.
The exaltation of the humble continues in today’s Luke reading.
- Mary and Joseph were so poor that when they offered the purification and consecration sacrifice, they gave “a pair of doves or two young pigeons,” (2: 24, NIV) instead of more expensive meat. There was no room in the Inn – and no extra money to get one, either – so Jesus was born in a stable, then laid in a feed trough.
- The angel announced Jesus’ birth to shepherds out in the field – another humble group. These guys were scared to death, but once the angels left the shepherds didn’t hesitate to locate the Messiah.
- Then there’s Mary. I love how Luke focuses on women. Mary’s the star so far in his Gospel. I believe that somewhere along the way, Luke met Mary and interviewed her for his narrative. There are just so many details that he’d have had to hear from her.
Like this one: the shepherds “spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (2: 17-19)
Mary couldn’t stop thinking about the shepherds’ tale of the angels’ announcement. Angels came and announced the birth of her son! His birth will cause great joy! He will be a Savior!
Mary had been told earlier that Jesus would be called the Son of the Highest and would take David’s throne, but for the first time she hears the news unequivocally: Jesus IS Messiah. More than that, He is LORD (could Jesus be God, Himself?).
No wonder her son’s birth brings glory to God! No wonder He will bring peace to those He favors!
No wonder she can’t stop treasuring what she heard and pondering it in her heart.
A poor humble virgin has given birth to the Messiah. That’s a great reversal.
Today’s Readings: Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32, Psalm 37:16-22, 2, Proverbs 12:12-14, Luke 2:1-24. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts.