December 23, 2012
Scripture and Commentary, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Monday, Christmas Eve
Morning - Ps. 50, Lk. 1:67
Evening - Ps. 85, Zech. 2:10, Mt. 1:18
Commentary, Matthew 1:18
Zacharias' power of speech was taken from him when, in the Temple he did not believe the angel's message. Now, after the birth of his son, it returns to him along with the inspiration of the Spirit by which he speaks forth the great passage of Scripture which we read this morning. He speaks first of the Messiah, raised up to be a "horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David" (1:69). The One foretold by the prophets, by whom we are saved, through whom the mercy of God is performed toward us, is ready to come into the world. Indeed, He is already here in the Virgin's womb.
Next the priest turns to the ministry of his own son, John. He is the prophet of the Highest. He will go before the Messiah to prepare His ways, give the people knowledge of their sins, and give light to them that are in darkness and the shadow of death. We see that John actually prepares Israel for the work Jesus will do. John prepares the way, Jesus accomplishes it.
Tuesday Christmas Day
Morning - Ps. 89:1-30, Is. 9:2-7, Lk 2:1-20
Evening - Ps. 45, Micah 4:1-5, 1 Jn. 4:7-14
Commentary, Luke 2:1-20
At last the Day arrives. Only it is not "day;" it is night. Nor is the King of Kings born in a palace, but in an animal shed; not heralded to kings and rulers, but announced to simple shepherds. Thanks be to God that the Good News has come to us. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."