PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 2:33-40
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:35)
So much excitement for this messiah, yet look at what he will do.
He will cause the rising and falling of many in Israel.
Many will speak against him as he exposes the hearts of people.
And even Mary his mother will have her soul pierced because of Jesus.
What is it about Jesus that attracts us to him?
He challenges our hearts and lives and calls us to repent.
He calls us to do things that go against out natural instincts.
To forgive and love our enemies, to deny ourselves for the poor and be willing to die.
How can this Jesus be good news, when he causes so much bad news?
God sends Jesus as a surgeon’s scalpel, to cut away in order to heal.
Jesus is rooting out cancer in our soul, so that we can be healed and free.
Jesus not only convicts me of my guilt, but he comforts me with God’s mercy.
And he not only compels me to be better, he takes my hand to help me.
Jesus is good news; he is the death of the old me, but the life of the new me!
Lord, no one likes to go under the knife, but your knife is worth it. Thank you for your healing grace!