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Luke 2: Where the Unqualified Come First

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  Glory to God is the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" - Luke 2:13-14
Here is what we often neglect about this scene...
This celebrated and glorious song is rendered to an audience of social outcasts: Shepherds.
During the time of Jesus' birth, shepherds were banned from testifying in court and looked down upon by the religious and political leaders and the power structure of the Roman state. They were marginalized, disadvantaged, and nomadic.
Perhaps that is exactly why they are the first at-large group to hear the Good News of the Lamb of God's birth.
First, one angel shares the good news with the shepherds (v. 9). But, seemingly the word was so good that the heavens could not contain the joy of the message and bursts into a multi-angel chorus.
Let's grasp this truth: shepherds heard the good news of Christ's birth first. The word of Jesus'…

Luke 1: The Introduction of Radical Reversal

"And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord." - Luke 1:46
Upon hearing that John leaps in her cousin Elizabeth's womb, Mary bursts into song.

The song she sings in Luke 1:46-55 is prophetic, theological, and filled with wisdom beyond her years. Her lyrics are about the child she is about to give birth to.

"He has put down the mighty... and exalted the lowly" (v. 52).
"He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty." (v. 53).
These two Scriptures, and the song itself, speaks to the radical reversal that Jesus will usher in. In this approaching reversed world, the unqualified will be qualified; the unloved and unlovable will be loved; the forsaken and neglected will be remembered; the sick will be cured; the unforgivable will be forgiven; the hurt will be healed.

In the new reversed world, there will be a solution for every offense, shortcoming, and handicap by God's grace through the salvation that Jesus the Christ will …

Luke: The Gospel of Amazement

"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying 'This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'" - Luke 22:19
Earlier this week I completed Michael Card's commentary on the book of Luke, Luke: The Gospel of Amazement. 
Not only is this the very first biblical commentary I have ever completely read and "worked" through, but it has set the bar high for any other commentaries I pick up.
A big reason why I enjoyed this study of Luke is due to how passages of Scripture are broken up into digestible parts. This is not your average commentary. 
Most commentaries are broken out on a Scripture-by-Scripture basis, whereas Card's commentary is passage-based. This structure allows readers to look at passages as part of a larger story. 
Several themes stand out: Jesus was just a human as you and IJesus was drawn, like a magnet, to those in need, especially the poor, overlooked, and marginalizedJesus served with hea…