Looking back on a busy day at church yesterday I must admit it gave me the time to process my Christmas perspective;
Here is what came out of my time processing “WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT”…with parents, students and leaders.
Sometimes I get the feeling that we are like the people who decided to throw a party to honour a very special friend. They sent out invitations, decorated the hall, & had the food catered. All the people came together at the designated time, but to their surprise, the guest of honour was not there.
Finally, they made the embarrassing discovery that no one had ever invited the guest of honour.
I wonder if that happens at Christmas time. Do we go through all the decorating, & buying presents, & preparing elaborate meals, but somehow forget whose birthday it really is?
( Luke 2:8-14)
8That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. 9All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. 10But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. 11This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 12You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”
13Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said:
14″Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.”
The fact that God made the announcement to shepherds helps us to understand the real meaning of Christmas. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” & He chose to announce that to shepherds first of all.
Shepherds were at the opposite end of the social strata from King Herod & all the influential people of the day. They lived in the fields with their animals.
They weren’t respected. They had no power or prestige. Yet, God’s angel came to them & said, This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”
In that one simple announcement God made known some very important truths.
No matter how insignificant you may think You are, God knows you, & you are important to Him.”
- Who were the ordinary people in the Bible who God chose to do extra-ordinary things?
- Can you think of any present day examples?
- What might God be calling you to do?