Why Is Luke 2:11 Good News of Great Joy?
Luke 2:11 not only is full of promises for each of us who individually come to Christ, but it is a future prophecy of when God establishes His everlasting Kingdom in Jerusalem in the years to come. In the book of Revelation, it is mentioned three times by the apostle John as the "holy city," New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, rather than being in heaven (Revelation 3:12; 21:2, 10). New Jerusalem will be set up on the new - cleansed and purified - earth. God, Himself will dwell with men - not in heaven but in New Jerusalem on earth:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. ... He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son" (Revelation 21:1-4, 7)
Luke 2:11 is also the announcement and fulfillment of the “Davidic king.” Meaning God made a covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7 stating, “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
The fulfillment came nearly 1,000 years later through King David’s lineage and it confirmed the promises made in the Davidic covenant of a son being born that would save the world.
No matter when you read the precious, beautiful promise of Luke 2:11, may we not take it for granted. May it bring thunderous applause within our hearts as we praise our mighty King and Savior!
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