Our salvation message begins when God sent His only Son to earth to be born as a Baby, the Christ Child. (John 3:16)
Digging Deeper: Luke 2:1-21
Key Verse: So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
The little town where Jesus’ birth took place was just another one of the small towns in Judea. It was just like any other night, yet an event was about to happen that would change the course of history for the whole world, the shepherds, you and me.
Suddenly, angels announced the glorious news of the long awaited Messiah to some common, unsuspecting shepherds who were watching their flocks on the Judean hillside. They were watching their sheep, not watching for angels!
I love the way the angels announced the birth of Jesus to common every-day folk. You would think that heralding the birth of a King would be done to royalty or the wealthy.
Shepherds were ordinary people who cared for sheep in the rural hills outside of Bethlehem. They weren’t known all over the world. They might not have been known by very many locals.
They were common individuals just like you or me!
This Glorious News Was Not Glorious to Many
The fact that Jesus had been born was anything but glorious news to many people!
Jesus was . . .
- Unwelcomed (Mark 6:1-6)
- Baffling (Luke 18:31) (Luke 18:34)
- Frightening (Mark 10:32)
- Not expected (Micah 5:2)
Is the Old-Old Story More Like Stale News to You?
When you grow up in church and are blessed with a Christian home, you may have grown tired or tuned out the story of Jesus. It might seem like something that happened so long ago that it isn’t real to you.
The old-old story might be more like stale news to you than glorious news.
We can get so used to hearing something that it sounds stale and loses its excitement.
Has Jesus’ birth lost its newness because you haven’t experienced it like the shepherds?
I want my heart to be revived!
Making Jesus’ Birth Relevant and Glorious News in Your Life
The shepherds couldn’t keep the glorious news to themselves! (Luke 2:17)
After the angels left, they went to find Jesus in the manger wrapped in swaddling cloths. (Luke 2:16)
They could have just left it at that . . . but that isn’t where the story ends.
- They went and told everyone that Jesus the Messiah was born. (Luke 2:15-17)
- They glorified God (Luke 2:20)
- And they praised God (Luke 2:20)
Those are three things you can do to make this story come alive in your life today.
You can do the same as the shepherds did that day:
- Glorify God for His gift of Jesus (Psalm 86:12)
- Praise God for what He has done for you (Psalm 63:3))
- Go tell others what Jesus is doing in your life (1 Peter 3:15)
Stepping out in faith like the shepherds did is the first step towards faith.
Faith and action (glorifying & praising God, and telling others) that Jesus came as a baby 2000 years ago will bring the glorious news of Jesus’ birth come alive in your heart.
Is the birth of Baby Jesus relevant and glorious news for you although He was born over 2000 years ago?
If not, I would love for you to read THIS, leave a comment with your question, or email me with any questions you might have.