Joseph: A Fatherly Example

Luke 2:1-4 Luke begins his account of the life and ministry of Jesus with the birth of John the Baptist and Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Joseph is mentioned only as a man to whom Mary was betrothed and who was a descendant of David. In our Scripture passage for today,...

Mary, Happy Forever!

Luke 1:46-50 46 Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; 47 my soul is glad because of God my Savior, 48 for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, 49 because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. His name is...

Understandable Curiosity

Luke 1:34-35, 37-38 Mary’s conversation with the angel is coming to an end. After hearing that she is going to conceive and bear a son, she is naturally curious as to how this is going to happen given her circumstances. She is given an answer in some detail. Most...

Favored by God

Luke 1:30-33 The angel Gabriel is having a conversation with Mary. He has just appeared and told her she is highly favored by God and that the Lord is with her. The angel continues by telling her not to fear for she has found favor with God. I had always taken this to...

What Sort of Greeting

Luke 1:26-29 The Gospel of Luke provides us with perhaps the most well-known and well-loved account of the birth of Jesus. Matthew’s lead up to Jesus’ birth is a 42 generation genealogy and a dream conversation Joseph has with an angel. Luke’s lead up is a series of...

A Sin and a Shame

Matthew 1:18-23 She was the quintessential high school cheerleader – blond, bright personality, and bouncy. She rode the school bus with me every day. Until one day she didn’t. When people talked about it, they said it was “a sin and a shame.” She was pregnant, you...