The Medium is the Message
- Problems (Luke 2:1-3)
- People (Luke 2:4-5)
- Pain (Luke 2:6-7)
- Plan (Luke 2:8-20)
- (Luke 2:1-3) Luke’s Christmas story begins with huge problems. Rome was a mess and that mess had spread to everyone through a census. Where have you been tempted to give up because the world is so messed up? Where have you lost heart believing that you can’t make a difference? Where do you struggle to believe that God is in control when everything looks out of control?
- (Luke 2:4-5) Many give up on God’s story because they feel they do not measure up. We tend to believe that God loves strong, successful, smart, driven people not common, ordinary, average people. Joseph and Mary were available and faithful to say ‘yes’ to God. Where can you be available and faithful to say ‘yes’ to Him?
- (Luke 2:6-7) Many give up on God’s story because they have been beaten up by people who claim to be on team Jesus. Where in your story have you been tempted to give up because others beat you up? Where in your story have you beat others up, judging them instead of joining them in their pain?
- (Luke 2:8-20) Many give up on God’s story because God fails to show up the way they expect. God tends to show up in a manger, a whisper, and mangy shepherds. The medium is the message! He shows up in humility to invite us to humbly join His story. How has pride kept you from joining His story in humility?
1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.