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Paul J. Bucknell
Purpose of Luke 1:76-80
I love manger scenes, especially at night, where just enough light shines on the newborn babe, surrounded by farm animals, Joseph and Mary, and shepherds.
The manger scene records a time many prophecies and truths converge at one point in time. These images are so powerful. I searched for images of Christmas cards and what did I find? Many colorful scenes. Only one had no pictures words, but the words were art themselves. The scriptures are filled with such imagery to increase our comprehension of the grand yet tiny historical scene situated in the Middle East nation of Israel. Christmas celebrates the truths surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.
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Luke 1:76-80 serves as an introduction of Christ’s birth and mission given to John the Baptist’s parents where we first catch a glimpse of how that Light, a symbol of hope and truth, enters the world and successfully combats the forms of darkness.
So let’s look at how this passage introduces, defines hope, and ushers in this hope.
B) The Meaning of Light (Luke 1:79)
C) The Light and Hope of Christmas (Lu 1:77-78)