The Night Was Not Exactly Silent

Luke 2:15–20


In this lab, John Piper shows us that the night wasn’t silent because people were spreading the good news to others. Will we join them this Christmas?

Principle for Bible Reading

Cultivating new love for old texts

Several verses in the Bible are much more familiar than others. Many very popular texts are deserving of the attention they receive, but if we are not careful, they can become so familiar that they lose their wonder in our eyes. The solution is not to stow certain verses away and come back to them later; the solution is to go deeper into them.

One way to do this is to trace the themes in the familiar verses throughout the book or letter. Often, the themes from beloved verses can be found in people, situations, and other statements in the same book of the Bible which can deepen our understanding and appreciation for the familiar.

Study Questions

  1. What would the culture say that the great news of Christmas is? What do Christians say?
  2. The Nativity scene is often depicted as quiet and serene, but Luke 2:15–20 has to do a lot with speech. What was being said?
  3. Christmas is such a sweet time to share our joy with others. Who can you share Christ with this holiday season?