On a dark night 2000 years ago near the tiny town of Bethlehem; a group of shepherds were living in the fields, watching over their sheep. Suddenly, there was a light shining around them and an angel of the Lord appeared to them. Just as I would have been, the shepherds were terrified. Then the angel of the Lord said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.”
The angel announced to the lowly shepherds that in the town of Bethlehem a baby had been born who was the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. The angel told them that they would find the baby, wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Then a great number of angels appeared, 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, the shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem to see all that had happened. When they arrived, they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger, just as the angels had said.
After this the shepherds went out and spread the word to others concerning what they had been told and what they had seen about this child. Everyone who heard them was amazed at what the shepherds said.
This story, recorded in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke, shares some interesting thoughts for all who hear. First, the birth announcement of the greatest birth in all history was made first to a group of lowly shepherds - common, ordinary working men. One might think that such an announcement would first be made to kings and royalty, but not in this case. This indicates to us that the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, has come for ALL people!
Next, we learn that the shepherds did not keep the news to themselves but instead, went out and shared it with others. For those of us who place our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, just as the shepherds did, we need to go and tell others. Lastly, we learn that the Good News of the birth of the Savior is still Good News today, 2000 years later. The same baby, born in a manger, who came to save the world, will still save all of those who confess their sins, accept Jesus into their heart, and confess Him as their Savior.
I pray that during this Christmas season you consider the true meaning of Christmas and that you accept and profess Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Pastor Bruce Sigman
Grace Community CCCU