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12 This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, 14 “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”
When Rome crowned an emperor, they gave him the title “Savior” (among others), choirs sang, and they declared the emperor divine. Luke put those same elements in his story, a way of saying that from his birth Jesus, not Caesar, was the true Savior, King and God. “Augustus never heard of Jesus of Nazareth. But within a century or so his successors in Rome had not only heard of him; they were taking steps to obliterate his followers.”*
Today’s Insights blog was chapter 23, “The Angelic Chorus,” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
Lord Jesus, Isaiah the prophet said you’d be called (among other titles) “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Pour your peace into my heart in this hectic holiday season, and in our often-contentious world. Amen.
* Wright, N. T. Luke for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone) (p. 23). SPCK. Kindle Edition.
** Richard B. Vinson, study note on Luke 2:13-14 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 110 NT.