A Letter From Luke (Part 2)

Here is the second chapter in the thrilling tale of the life of Christ. If you haven’t part 1 I urge to read it.

Soon after, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus (governor of Syria), the decree ordered that a census be taken of everyone. And so everyone traveled back to their homes in order to take the census. This would include Joseph and Mary who would return to Bethlehem, where Joseph is from, and because Mary is still engaged to Joseph she would return with him. Both her and the baby that is still in her womb. So while they were in Bethlehem Mary would give birth to a son and it would be there in Bethlehem that the Christ, or Messiah, would be born. He would be placed in a manger simply because there was no room for him at the place they were staying.Several shepherds would be notified that evening by an angel telling them to visit the Christ who is now born and as the shepherds learned of the Messiah who had been born, the heavens opened up to the praising of God, they were saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” When the shepherds had visited Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem they told them about the things they had heard and Mary worshiped God because of these things.

Now Jesus would grow up to be as ordinary as possible. He would be circumcised on the eighth day and they would take him to the temple to be presented to the Lord, for this was the custom of the Law of the Lord for every firstborn male. And while they were there, there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, and this man was righteous in the sight of the Lord, now the Lord had revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. And so when Simeon went into the temple he finally would get to see and hold the Messiah and when he did joy filled his heart and an outpouring of praise saying, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart in peace, according to Your Will. For my eyes have seen the Christ who is the salvation for the world. He will reach all peoples. He will be a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.” Simeon would then tell Mary of the suffering that will take place in life of Christ.

Also in the temple would be Anna, the prophetess. She is a widow, eighty-four years of age. Very devout always in the temple fasting and praying constantly. And she also came up and began praising God along with Simeon. Once everything had finished in the temple the young couple would return home to Nazareth.

Jesus would continue to grow and would increase in wisdom and the grace of God was upon him. Soon after, his parents would travel to Jerusalem for the yearly Feast of the Passover. Jesus, who is now twelve years old, would journey with them and they would spend several days there. It would be on the way back that Joseph and Mary would discover that Jesus was not with them. They would return to Jerusalem and search for three days only to find their son in the temple listening and questioning the teachers who were gathered around him. All who had gathered around Him were amazed at both His understanding and His answers. But Mary was very upset, “Son why have you treated us this way? We have been worried to death about where you had been.” But Jesus replied, “Why were looking for Me? Did you not know that I am to be in My Father’s house?” Many did not understand this statement. And so Jesus continued with his parents and submitted to them. He would continue to grow in wisdom and stature finding favor with God and men, and His mother treasured all things in her heart.

To be continued…

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