Mary’s Christmas song really is beautiful, and if she actually sang it — the text reports that she “said” it (Luke 1:46) — I really wish we had the music as well. Here is a brief homily on Mary’s Christmas song – also called the Magnificat — which is based on my commentary on Luke 1.
Joseph and Mary faced many of these troubles as well, and they had the added pressure of being the parents of the promised Messiah. Imagine that burden!
Jesus asked whether it was better to save a life or to destroy it. Jesus worked to save a life, so now, the religious leaders plan to kill Jesus. We sometimes do this in church.
Jesus does not like theology when it gets in the way of loving other people. Yet often, theology is used for this very reason.
When a man with a withered hand shows up in the synagogue, Jesus asks a question which everybody knew the answer to. So why did He ask it?
Jesus ran straight into traps laid by religious leaders so that He could reveal God’s heart for people. God is on the side of the poor. We should be too.
The Sabbath is a sign of the Mosaic Covenant. But does this mean that we Christians should not observe the Sabbath? No. We can still celebrate the Sabbath.
The question, “On Which Day Should Christians Worship God?” reveals several misunderstandings about the nature of church and worship.