And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
God sent angels to proclaim that the promised Messiah, the Saviour who had been promised to the Jews for decades, had finally been born. The angels brought this Good News with all the celebration expected for royalty. This news would bring joy and peace to any and all who would believe,
The meaning of that joyous announcement was probably not fully understood by the shepherd’s that night. However, in the years that have followed, Jesus’ life and teaching continue to bring clarity to those who ponder God’s promises and plans. We have the privilege of holding God’s Word in our hands, reading and studying those promises and then accepting the gift of salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
How did you hear about God’s gift of Salvation? Who p you proclaimed to you the news that Jesus Christ could bring you forgiveness for your sin, and peace as you face life’s difficulties? This Christmas season may be a good time for you to write down your memories of just how God’s message of salvation was first announced to you. It could also be the time to contact with those who brought you that news and thank them for their love and concern for you.
Hearing of God’s good news is a memory to treasure. Passing that good news on to others is also a memory you will not likely forget. Is there someone God is prompting you to speak to? Who, in your sphere of influence, needs to hear the good news of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, love and forgiveness? Help make this the year they are able to really celebrate Christmas.
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