In the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is referred to by the most exalted titles that can possibly be given. He is called “the Christ” (3:15); “the Lord’s Christ” (2:26); “Christ the Lord” (2:11); “the Son of the Most High” (1:32); “the Son of God” (1:35; 3:38; 4:3, 9); and “my beloved Son” (3:22). By the start of his public ministry, Jesus knows who he is, and so does the reader. God has landed! Jesus is the sovereign deity who has come to earth for a kingly mission of redemption, and he has come for all people. The Son of God has taken the ultimate mission trip—from heaven to Bethlehem! He was born of a peasant woman and placed in an animal’s feeding trough. Question: How low can God go? Answer: As low as he needs to in order to rescue us from our brokenness. In doing so, Jesus didn’t give up his deity when he became human; he took on a humanity that had not been his before. As one theologian put it, “Remaining what he was, he became what he was not.” Why did he do it? As another theologian put it, “Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” In this series, Pastor Tim reflects on the Advent story as presented in the Gospel of Luke. It’s familiar scenes and characters come alive again as we get behind the text and see how much God truly loves his people.
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