It’s so interesting as I have the story of Jesus’ birth in my 1-Year Bible/New Testament reading (Luke 2:1-24) today—Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for all the sins, of all mankind. Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Good Shepherd, Friend of sinners…
Born in a barn of sorts (not a castle as one might expect) and visited by shepherds (not by royalty).
Who died on a cross outside Jerusalem (not on Holy Mount Zion), but on the hill Golgatha–“the skull,” between two thieves.
The Gospel of Luke says, “do not be afraid…good tidings…great joy…to all people…born…a Savior…Christ the Lord…a babe…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Jesus lived His entire life in the shadow of the cross as Savior of the world.
It also says in Luke that God “made the Savior known” to the shepherds and that they glorified and praised God for what they heard and saw…
There are no secrets with God, He has no hidden agenda, but a fully disclosed true story of salvation without any respecter of persons. The sacrifice of Jesus-sinless, His body broken, His blood spilt, in order to repair the separation between a perfect God and imperfect man, redeeming man’s sinful nature with His righteousness, in order that man may be in eternal relationship with his Creator and Heavenly Father–nothing short of “peace and goodwill toward men.”
Love and blessings, Karin
Note on photos: I took these photos one afternoon while watching TV at my parents. As the sun began to set, it shone on a shelf, casting a shadow off of an iron cross and a hand-carved Olive Wood sculpture of Mary seated upon a donkey and Joseph which I had bought for my parents while on my trip to Israel in 1998.