And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.Luke 2:8
Dear Church and Friends,
the Advent calendar (on my refrigerator) points us to Luke’s gospel. Today we find shepherds in the field with their sheep. Where else would you expect to find shepherds? Notice that Luke mentions this in the verse after the statement about the birth. Jesus came while men were going about their daily routine.
- And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).
No one was having a parade down main street for the savior. There were no national holidays or gift exchanges; nothing special at all. But it was to these men that the most wonderful, extraordinary thing happened.
- And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid (Luke 2:9).
Jesus had just been born and now heaven’s announcement comes to these humble men who were simply doing their work. The gospel still comes to men who are going about their daily routines. The Spirit of God is still speaking through the church calling men to come to Christ and see the wonder of heaven. The message remains the same as the one the shepherds heard.
- And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:12-14).
Jesus is still a sign. He is both Christ and Lord! He is still worthy of praise and worship. Let’s glorify him this Christmas season.
Music: O Little Town of Bethlehem performed by Mitchel Road Presbyterian Church Choir and Orchestra.
Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.
- Jordan and Betsy Knorr, Penticton, British Columbia. Jordan and Betsy Knorr together planted True North Community Church in Penticton, British Columbia. “The place my wife and I have been living in has been sold, and we have to find a new place. Pray God will provide a place with enough room to conduct our worship services in and that also accommodates our home-based businesses. We are in the process of finalizing the adoption of our baby boy, Jeremiah, who came into our care at one-hour old six months ago. The process has been and continues to be very costly. Please pray as we finalize the adoption. Pray for continued growth and maturity within us and our team to be able to faithfully welcome and equip new members for His mission. Thank you for your time in bringing our requests to the throne room of grace.”
Have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. All my best.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Luke 2:10
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