Read // Luke 2:1-17
The greatest birth announcement ever given was about to be delivered. The chosen recipients of this proclamation were humble shepherds diligently keeping watch over their flocks. They knew this day would eventually come. Hundreds of years before, Isaiah had prophesied this event. He told of the coming Messiah, an unblemished lamb born to bear the sins of man and bring life and light to this world.
The darkness of that night fell on these shepherds just as the darkness of sin had fallen on all the earth. It was in that darkest moment that God’s plan of redemption was revealed.
God’s chosen messenger, a single angel, appeared with such a glory of the Lord that it filled the darkness and terrified the shepherds. As fears were calmed, shepherds heard the angel speak of the good news that would cause great joy for them and all people. The angel announced the birth affirming the words of the prophet.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
God’s perfect plan was unfolding to offer all people grace, forgiveness and mercy. Suddenly the scene changes and the sky bursts open to a spiritual explosion of a great company of heavenly hosts. It was as if these angels could no longer wait to join the messenger and give God all glory, honor and praise for His greatest act of love.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Oh, what a night! The shepherds left their posts and hurried to see this miracle and to share the good news given them that will cause great joy for all people. Just as the angel had told them, they found the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
On this blessed Christmas day, may our hearts celebrate with joy as we remember the good news that has been given to each of us. Let us give our thanks and praise to God for the precious gift of His son.
- Are you experiencing the great joy of knowing Christ as your Lord and Savior?
- Will you share the good news of Jesus Christ with someone in need of hope and joy?
by Dee Dee Sedgwick