The Contemplative New Testament: Luke 2

As a PhD candidate in Christian Origins, I spend a lot of my time in the Bible. What this means is that if you would trust a first year med student to operate on your brain, you will feel comfortable using these for your devotional life.  I have translated the texts with two main angles always in mind:  God’s Kingdom and Christian Spirituality.  I trust you will find these new paraphrases enlightening as you live out God’s counter-intuitive ways on earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 2.7-14

And there were shepherds in their fields.  It was the night watch.  They were dwelling there and guarding their sheep. And an angel of the Lord was sent to them.  And the glory of the Lord embraced them. And they trembled with a great fear.

So the angel spoke to them: “Don’t be afraid.  For behold, I bring news to you that will send rejoicing through your heart.  And it is for all the people. A sign of salvation has entered the earth, near you in the city of David. The Lord Messiah has come.

If you go there, you will find for yourself the sign: a baby swaddled and laying in a manger.

And suddenly out of nowhere there was with the angel a multitude of the hosts of heaven.  They were praising God and saying, “Everything is as it should be in the highest with God.  So let peace also be found on earth among humanity.”