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Luke 2:1-14, Jesus Came for the Whole Human Family

Key Verse

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
— Luke 2:10-14

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, December 24, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus came for the whole human community.

The Mary of Luke’s gospel was no fearful wall flower. This was a woman of Israel who understood the dire situation her people were in. She understood the significance of her child, born into a troubled world with the promise that he would one day deliver them all.

The event of Jesus’ birth – although begun in isolation with Mary and Joseph alone in the animals’ home – quickly blossomed into an event in community and for community. Immediately upon his arrival, Jesus was announced by angels to a group of locals who dropped everything to go celebrate his birth. This is yet another example of how important community is to humanity.

We were not created to live in isolation. Yet so many are isolated. Those with mental illness, addiction, poverty; those unable to get out or leave their homes or nursing facilities; new mothers; those imprisoned – there are so many who are isolated for so many reasons.

There are so many desperate voices crying out in this world today. I think of war-torn Aleppo that has suffered for years. I think of the black community whose young men are dying and imprisoned at what seems to be an inequitable rate. I think of girls and women imprisoned by human trafficking with little hope for deliverance. As I prepare for a warm, cozy, love-filled Christmas with family and friends, I remember those voices. I pray for their deliverance. I pray that God will send to them a word of hope like the one young Mary received on behalf of her people. Like the one the shepherds heard on a cold mountaintop. Like the one we hear on this day, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favors!”

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