READ: Luke 2:8-20
- The night Jesus was born angels announced the event to a bunch of shepherds on a hillside. These socially lower-rung men would have been simply minding their business, which was tending sheep. They were probably sitting around a campfire telling stories, watching and listening for any predators to approach the sheep. Suddenly their world was interrupted.
- The angels made a profound announcement—the Savior of the world was born. They had to wonder if that would include them. Not much included them. They lived with sheep, were considered outcasts in many ways. But the angels said there was ‘great joy’ for ‘all people.’ This Savior of the entire world was born that night. The news led them to worship. The news of redemption sent them into the night rejoicing and praising God.
- The goal of the church is for the Christmas story to produce joy…to send people into the night rejoicing. Nothing could be more significant this season than that the message of salvation was received, especially by those least “deserving.” Joy didn’t describe their socially lowly status, the smell of the sheep (or the shepherds), their hard work and lonely life. But it described a new relationship with the creator God.
- What would add true joy to your Christmas celebration?
- How has Jesus provided joy for you?
- How do we help people realize it’s not the presents that give joy, but the salvation God sent?
PRAY: Thank God for the good news that you are included in salvation. Pray that we can convincingly tell this truth. Ask God to help you see past your circumstances to the joy inherent in Jesus.