Emanna for 09/30/2017
The Birth of Christ
Luke 2:7 And she bore her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. (8) And there were shepherds in the same region, spending their nights in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they feared greatly. (10) And the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I announce to you good news of great joy, which will be for all the people. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying, (14) Glory in the highest places to God, and on earth peace among men of His good pleasure.
Words of Ministry
The Man-Savior's life began with a manger in the lowest estate. A baby in a manger, signifying smallness in lowliness, was a sign of the Man-Savior's life. Luke describes His genuine human birth according to the law of God's creation of man so that He might be a Man-Savior for the salvation of man.
The birth of the Man-Savior was announced to the shepherds by an angel as the good news of great joy to all the people. This good news of great joy was announced to all people. This means that this news was announced not only to the Jewish people but to all of mankind.
The exultation of the angels, who were excited by the birth of the Savior for man's salvation, resulted in praise to God. According to verse 14, the coming of the Savior rendered glory to God in the heavens and brought peace to men on earth. The praise of the heavenly army has two aspects: glory in the highest places to God and peace among men on earth. The salvation of the Man-Savior has accomplished these two matters. It has brought glory to God in the highest and peace to men on earth. Christ is for God's glory and man's peace.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 48-50. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.