Through Jesus we receive Unity

Through Jesus we receive Unity

Luke’s gospel opens with an extended narrative announcing Jesus’ birth and its significance. His description includes the familiar scene of angels praising God for the privilege of delivering “good news of great joy,” the birth announcement “of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:9-14). While many people today know that story because of its connection to the Christmas season, Luke presents it as the triumphant conclusion to the Hebrew Bible’s focus on God’s promise to bless the world through Abraham and his descendants (cf. Genesis 12:1-3). 

The apostle Paul, a contemporary of Luke, also wrote about the “good news” connected to Jesus. For example, Paul opens his letter to the Christians in Ephesus by praising God for the spiritual blessings He gives through Jesus. The phrase “in him” repeats throughout Paul’s letter, emphasizing Jesus’ position as the one through whom God extends His love-motivated blessings (Ephesians 1:3-10). This lesson continues a series exploring the things Paul wrote to the Ephesians that God gives through Jesus. By developing our understanding of what God does through Jesus, we will deepen our appreciation of Jesus’ birth, extending it beyond the Christmas holiday to encompass every day of our lives. In this lesson, we will consider the following: God gives us unity through Jesus.