- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Luke 1:1-38
Introduction (1-4) —- This section introduces who wrote, why he wrote, and to whom he wrote the gospel of Luke. Luke was only gentile Christian who wrote the gospel. He was a physician, dear friend to Apostle Paul (Colossians 4:14), accompanying Apostle Paul’s mission trip. He wrote two volumes of history. One was Luke to present an accurate account of the life of Jesus, the Savior of all, of the lost, least and the last. The second was Acts to describe the power of the Holy Spirit and explosive growth of the dynamic Christian churches. Both books write the foundation of Christian faith and the foundation of Christian church. Luke addressed to Theophilus, meaning “Friend of God,” who was a Roman Excellency and a Christian. Luke made this personal remark for Theophilus to be strengthened in faith.
We read Luke and Acts with the same purpose, strengthening in what we have learned about Jesus Christ.
The Birth of John the Baptist (5-25) — The birth of John the Baptist was paralleled to the birth of Isaac (Genesis 18:9-15), born from elderly parents by God. God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord (17), to play a role of Elijah who was one of the prophets in Israel and who reformed Israel’s faith to God. The people of Israel believed that Elijah would come to prepare for Messiah coming. (Malachi 4:5-6). Jesus called John the Baptist Elijah. (Matthew 11:13-14).
The birth of Jesus (26-38) — The announcement of Jesus’ birth by angel Gabriel (The Annunciation) has been one of core beliefs in Christianity; Virgin birth, conception by the power of God. The name Jesus, Jeshua in Hebrew, derived from “to rescue,” “to deliver.” Matthew specifies its meaning, “He will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Reflect on your way of knowing God by experience.
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.