Investing in Christmas, Day 22-A Third Birth Announcement

Shepherds. The “underclassmen” of Jewish society.

Dirty, filthy, long hours. Definitely not union.

Yet, a nativity scene wouldn’t be complete without at least one becauseĀ God Almighty chose to announce the most important event in history to them.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, 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 pople. 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 cloths 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.’” Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

The angels didn’t appear in Jerusalem–that would have been better marketing. Humble shepherds were the chosen ones to hear the heavenly announcement and be the first to visit Jesus.

And contrary to popular Christmas Carols, they didn’t sing. They praised God and spoke. It might have sounded like music. Great music.

I’d love to have been there, wouldn’t you?

When I think of heaven,I imagine being able to go back in time and watch scenes just like that one.

The angel announces a Savior. Again, the questions begs, Saved from what?

I’m reciting Romans right now. R2

I’m in the third chapter that contains a famous verse. The context is Paul explaining to both Jews and Greeks that both need salvation found only in Christ through faith–not through the Law.

Think about the Christmas story as you read these verses:

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. The righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:21-24 (NIV)

The Good News announced to the shepherds is not about a baby, it’s about a Savior. A perfectly obedient, humble, loving, powerful, God-Man.

I weep for joy at the thought of it.

I have an important question for you;if the world would have ended today, where would you be?

The Bible is clear. Faith in Christ’s sacrificial death and submission to Him as King is the Only way to heaven.

I can’t wait.

Make sure about your eternal destiny, friend.

For today’s song, I cannot pass up one of my favorites. Enjoy and worship.

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