Dec22SunDecember 22, 2013
“The angel said, Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.” Luke 2:10-11
Nothing like some good news on a cold night hanging out with dumb sheep. The whole Christmas story demonstrates how the Father resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. From Zacharias and Elizabeth, to Joseph and Mary, as well as to the shepherds in the field, they were all of low estate yet faithful concerning the things of God. God could have made His choice among the noble and wealthy but instead looked upon the lowly.
With each angelic visitation the Angel messenger said “Fear Not” to the recipient because God was about to do something that was going to change them and the world. To the shepherds he announced that the Savior had been born. A Savior for everyone: Jew; Greek; slave; free; male; female; Barbarian (foreigner); Scythian (savage); black/white – anywhere in between; rich; poor; you get it… A Savior for those of the past – dead, present – living, and future – yet to come. A Savior who is King, Messiah, and Lord born as a baby.
With that grand announcement one might expect it to be made in the open public square for everyone to hear but no – God announced it to some shepherds in a field watching their dumb sheep. In God’s eyesight and plan, nothing is insignificant, no task too small, no position too menial, and nothing goes unnoticed. Through their humility, God did a work to save the entire world. Pride goes before destruction and humility goes before honor. His eyes are on the righteous and He hears them when they call. Read Gal 3:28; Col 3:11; Pro 18:12; Ps 34:15
Merry Christmas Everyone!