Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Birth Announcement

Luke 2:1-20 1And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Ceasar Augustus that all the world should be registered.2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11”For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

What a blessed story and what a blessed Savior! Notice, the very Son of God is born and the first people to know about it were Shepherds. Think about it: The Lord wanted the Shepherds to know about this first. Remember, Jesus always referred to Himself as a Shepherd of the sheep. Shepherds lived in the field with the sheep. They were the one’s who chose the special sheep to be sacrifices and now the spotless lamb of God is born and they are notified of it. They no longer will have to provide sheep for sacrifice, they no longer will have to determine which one dies and which one lives. God the Father decided the one and final sacrifice would be His Son, Jesus and He’s letting the Shepherds know about it. The Shepherds met Jesus and it was such a life changing event that they had to tell everybody about what had happened. You too have to meet Jesus before you can tell others about Him. If you haven’t met Jesus yet, listen to the Spirit of God telling you that a Savior is born, and His name is Jesus. He will change your life and you too will then want to worship Him.


Greg P. said...

Jesus was born in humility and lived a humble existence. He lived among the common man and also associated with tax collectors, prostitutes and other sinners.

Yet, being humble he shook the whole earth with his words and actions!

Help us to always realize the true reason we celebrate Your birth.

BethAnne said...

Glad this post was not lost in space like the other one.

Those men came to the stable lowly shepherds and left evengelists......kind of neat when you think about it.