Luke 1:1-7 (CEV)
1 Many people have tried to tell the story of what God has done among us. 2 They wrote what we had been told by the ones who were there in the beginning and saw what happened. 3 So I made a careful study of everything and then decided to write and tell you exactly what took place. Honorable Theophilus, 4 I have done this to let you know the truth about what you have heard.
An Angel Tells about the Birth of John
5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest by the name of Zechariah from the priestly group of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was from the family of Aaron. 6 Both of them were good people and pleased the Lord God by obeying all that he had commanded. 7 But they did not have children. Elizabeth could not have any, and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were already old.
The story of what God has done among us. That is what the bible is trying to tell us. That is what Luke wants to continue to tell us.
Luke wants us to know why he is writing. He’s telling us about real life characters. People we can identify with. Maggi points out that Luke
wants to tell us in a way that demands personal engagement with Jesus (p22)
Luke is telling us a story, a true account, not so that we can be interested or entertained, but so that we can engage with Jesus, God Among Us, and do something about it. This is not a story to be heard dispassionately, but entered in to and responded to.
Advent is our opportunity to meet God anew. To remember his place here among us. And to do something about it. To let him change our lives by his presence. To hear the Good News, to realise it is for us and to let it come in our lives.
God among us,
God in our midst,
God in our world,
God in my life,
Thank you that you are here,
that your life is real,
God among us.
May we respond,
as we encounter you
in and through this Advent journey
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