The package has arrived (Luke 2)

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Luke 2:6

One of my youngest sons favorite moments in the day is when occasionally the UPS truck drops off a package.  The reason for his joy is because he (usually) is the one who has ordered something from Amazon.  I always find it cool to watch as he opens the package with an eye to examine everything in the package.

This morning I had the joy of reading about the day when Jesus came to this earth.  Zechariah had said, “The promise of God was coming.”  He had quoted from Jeremiah’s prophecy in Jeremiah 23:5-6.

I know it is June and I know Luke 2 is usually read in December.  But read the chapter one more time.  Here is an outline of the first 22 verses to follow:

  • The package arrived in the poorest of places, 2:7 “Jesus was born in a stable.”
  • The package was announced to the poorest of people, 2:8-14.  “Shepherds were keeping watch over their flock.”
  • The package was worshipped by the poorest of people, 2:15-22. “The shepherds came to see the baby Jesus and they went out and spread the news of what they had heard and seen.”

As I read these words, I was reminded of one of the beatitudes;  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5:3.  

When you and I came into this world we were exactly the opposite of Jesus.  He was rich beyond all measure.  He was the Son of God.  We came as spiritually poor people beyond all measure.  We had no spiritual live.  This is why Jesus came and this is (in my view) why He came in a poor place to poor people so that we would understand that we who see our desperate need might be brought to spiritual life.

When someone hears the gospel, opens their heart to the gospel, and is redeemed by God, he or she recognizes the great value of the package they have received.  This day I challenge you to not keep this package to yourself.  There is enough of Jesus to go around.  Imagine the same joy you have being shared with others.

Bottom line: “They are looking for a package.”  Will you and I be the deliver’s today?

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