The second chapter of Luke’s gospel is just as thought provoking as the first. Luke’s effort “to write an orderly account” [1 v.3] of events is of great value. It is also valuable for us to have a more accurate translation as a result of more and more ancient documents being found. A particular example of this is in v.14 of today’s 2nd chapter, the words the angels sang to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Let us make sure we get the point of their words, the promise of “peace” is only for ” those with whom he is pleased!” We fear that all too few today qualify! Let us make every effort to make sure we do.
The baby Jesus is brought into the Temple [v.27] and Simeon, who was ” righteous and devout … and the Holy Spirit was upon him … took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ ” [v.28-32]
And so it happened! Jesus became “a light for revelation” that the Gentiles in particular saw: eventually all around the world! In the process of this happening the words in 2 Peter 1 v.19 were fulfilled. There came into existence “a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns.”
What a wonderful transformation in human thought spread round the world in the generations that followed – as accounts such as Luke’s were circulated. How wonderful! But today – how few see the light!? God’s word is more and more ignored.
When we come to Luke ch. 18 we will read a significant question uttered by Jesus! ” … when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” [v.8] We pray there will still be some “with whom he is pleased.” May you and I be among them