For All the People: Luke 2:1-20

Focus Passage: Luke 2:1-20 (NASB)

While Jesus came into the world to die for all people, while reading this verse, I was surprised to find this idea shared at this point in Jesus’ birth story. Up to that point, the Jews were eagerly expecting a messiah to show up and to overthrow the Roman Empire’s rule in their nation – and this by definition would make the messiah they were looking for a messiah for the Jews.

However, in our passage, right near the beginning of the angel’s message to the shepherds, the angel frames the Messiah that was arriving onto the scene. The angel introduces himself by saying, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” (v. 10)

The angel says this good news will be for all the people. Sure this could mean all the Jews from all social classes, but it could simply mean all the people who have ever lived. It could mean everyone who has ever been a part of the human race throughout all points in history.

It is important for us to define who Jesus came to be. If Jesus came to be a Messiah for only the Jews, then it would be important for anyone who wants to take part in the Messiah’s mission to become Jewish – but this is not the case.

Jesus came as a result of the promise God gave to Adam and Eve, and as a promise God gave to Abraham – and both of these Biblical heroes lived before the Jewish nation was formed. Jesus did come through the Jewish nation, and He was a Jewish Messiah, but His role and mission was much greater than His human parent’s nationality. Jesus came with God’s nationality as a representative for all people.

This leads us to that big idea that the angel shares in verse 10: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.And “all the people” includes you and me because Jesus came as a Messiah for all nations and nationalities!

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