N.T. Wright on Luke’s identity of Jesus as King

If Luke is right, Jesus is the fulfilment of the Jewish story, which was the focal point of the world’s story. Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth as the Prince of Peace, within the empire of Augustus Caesar, who thought he was the Prince of Peace. Luke tells the story of Jesus’ death at the hands of the Roman empire, suffering a grievous injustice from the system that prided itself precisely on its justice. Small wonder that, in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his friends get charged with treason, with saying that ‘there is another King, namely Jesus’ (Acts 17:7). There can only be one king of the world. The Roman Emperor thought it was him. Luke has other ideas.

N.T. Wright, The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary, 135.

prayer for the third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer