Read thru New Testament Devotional – March 21, 2017

March 21

 

Luke 2:1-24

Luke 2:1-7-Caesar Augustus calls for a census to be taken. Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem (the house of David), where Mary gave birth to Jesus.

 

For more information about the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ see:

http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Luke/Birth-Jesus

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/the-truth-of-the-nativity-and-birth-of-jesus-christ-11596840.html

 

For information concerning how Jesus fulfilled prophecy see:

http://sciencespeaks.dstoner.net/Christ_of_Prophecy.html

http://www.goodnewsdispatch.org/math.html

http://www.raptureready.com/featured/funk/statistics-probability.html

http://christiananswers.net/q-aiia/jesus-odds.html

 

Luke 2:8-18-An angel announces to the shepherds that the "Christ" (Messiah) had been born. They also call Him "Savior", and "Lord" (:11).  A multitude of angels appeared and began to praise God.  The shepherds go to Bethlehem, find Mary and Joseph and tell them what the angels had said.

Luke 2:19-Mary "treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart".

Luke 2:21-24-Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him as the first born to the LORD. (Ryrie)-“According to the Mosaic law the mother of a male child was unclean.  On the eighth day after his birth the boy was to be circumcised…but the mother remained unclean for 33 more days, after which she presented a burnt offering and a sin offering for her cleansing (Lev. 12:4-6).”

Prayer: Lord, please help me to be responsive to You...as the shepherds were.  I don't have choirs of angels singing...but I have the testimony of Your Word, and surely that is more than enough.  Please help me, whether coming into Your presence, or leaving, to continue to give You praise...just like the shepherds did (:20).

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