It’s an exciting start to the “Set Your Mind on Christ” Challenge, where we’re exposing ourselves to who Jesus is and what he’s done (via the gospel of Luke) so that we can set our minds on him and be changed through the process. Below you’ll find some of my observations on Luke 1-3 and how God is working on me through this. We’d love to have some good interaction over this, so be sure to leave your comments and questions.
- Our understanding of who Jesus is comes from a detailed historical account, designed to help us know what we believe with certainty (1:1-4).
- God can do impossible things, like allow senior citizens and virgins to get pregnant (1:24-38).
- Jesus is a Savior (1:47, 2:11).
- Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and the Old Testament prophets (1:55, 69-75).
- Though he was disciplined by the Lord for his unbelief, Zechariah was filled with joy at the “tender mercy” of God (1:78).
- Jesus was born in poverty and humiliating circumstances. He was born in humility (2:7, 24).
- Jesus was first revealed to insignificant shepherds. There is hope for us ordinary people (2:8-20).
- Jesus would be a light for revelation to the Gentiles — he is a Savior for the whole world (2:32).
- Jesus, fully human, grew in strength and wisdom (2:40, 52).
- Jesus submissively obeyed his parents (2:51).
- True repentance bears fruit — it leads to real life change (3:8).
- One of the marks of repentance is how we deal with our money and possessions. Do we become generous or stingy? (3:10-14)
- The Trinity is present in affirming Jesus’ ministry (3:22).
- Jesus spent 30 years in relative obscurity before he began his ministry. Again, lots of humility (3:23).
- As a descendant of Adam, Jesus is the Savior for the whole world — anyone affected by Adam’s sin [which is everyone] (3:38).
How would I be different if this truth were explosively alive in my innermost being?
- There are a lot of possible things to focus on here. The thing that struck me the most was the humility surrounding all of these people and circumstances. If Jesus, who is fully deserving of all fame and honor and glory and power, was born and raised in obscurity and humility, then how much more appropriate would it be for me–a lowly sinner–to be humble? Life is about God, who does the impossible. It’s not about me. Even John, who Jesus calls the greatest man who ever lived (Luke 7:28), said that he wasn’t worthy to do something as low as untying Jesus’ sandals. How much more should I delight in humbly serving Jesus?
- If this truth were explosively alive in me, I would not care about people’s opinions of me. I would not care who gets credit for good things. I would willingly accept responsibility for my failures, sins and shortcomings. I would be increasingly dependent on Jesus, expressed through prayer. All of that would be very sweet.