Thursday, December 15 – Luke 2:8-15

Dec 14, 2022

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.” When the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

 

We have all heard good news at some time or another, but it takes a special kind of good news that causes us not only to receive the news but do something with the news we have been given. The message from the angel was unique as it was not a straightforward command of what the shepherds were supposed to do next but an announcement of how God was working in the world, coming as Savior. For the shepherds, this was more than just good news to receive but news worth exploring and acting on!

 

Throughout this Christmas season, you will probably hear the nativity story many times. This may be a story you feel like you know from beginning to end. Having become so familiar with the nativity, we may want to have the pragmatic solution of how this applies spelled out to us. Like the angels’ message for the shepherds, the nativity is a pronouncement of how God is working in the world. The news that God has come to be with us changes everything about this life we lead. The shepherds recognized God’s announcement as a message to pursue and celebrate. May God open our eyes to the value of the message we have received about who Jesus is, how He came to the world, and what He has done for us so that we can have the heart to pursue and celebrate as the shepherds did.

 

  • Where do you want God to spell out exactly what you are to do?
  • When has God guided you in an unexpected way?
  • Pray and ask God to remind you of the awe and wonder of what He has done during this Christmas season.
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