“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11
Does the meaning of Christmas cause you so much joy, you can’t help but spread the good news?
Place yourself in the sandals of the shepherds. It was just like every other night: they were out in the pasture, looking after their sheep. Except here’s where it wasn’t like every other night: a multitude of angels appeared in the sky, proclaiming that their long-awaited Messiah had been born! First, the shepherds were terrified. Then, after the angels returned into the heavens, they couldn’t contain their excitement! They had to see for themselves, this child who would be their Savior.
After the shepherds found Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, they went out and told everyone they met about what had happened: about the angels, and what they had said about this baby — their Savior — lying in a manger!
The experience must have changed the shepherds forever — all who heard them were amazed.
Imagine the joy on their faces: finally, the long-awaited Messiah had come. And they were the first ones to meet Him!
Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to earth, for demonstrating Your incredible sacrificial love to us. Help us to understand the depth of this sacrifice, and how good this news really is! May we be filled with great joy as we celebrate Your love incarnate. Amen.
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