Scripture: Luke 2:8-21
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. And angel of the Lord appeared, 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 clothes 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.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heave, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eight day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
- This is a picture of the Lord working to make his plan reality — the angels told the shepherds about Jesus’ birth, and the shepherds in turn spread the word.
- Mary “treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” The things that God does are what we should focus on — not things of the world.
- Trust in the process that God put in place — using angels to speak to us, and then keep spreading the good news.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the many lessons we can learn from the story of Jesus’ birth. And thank you even more for sending your one and only Son to save us all — and to show us a picture of ultimate humility. Help me to focus on the lessons learned through the Christmas story all year round. In Jesus’ name, Amen.