He is the Messiah, the Lord
The shepherds went to Bethlehem “to see this thing that has happened.” Jesus is no concept, doctrine, or theory. Jesus happened. In Jesus, God came to earth, in a body, at a particular time in history. Not only that, but He continues to live and now reigns over all things in heaven and on earth. Maybe you’ve never thought of Jesus exactly that way. Of course, Jesus acted to take away our sins, bring us into relationship with God, grant us new life and healing, and prepare a place for us for all eternity in God’s kingdom—all things that, though very real, seem outside our ability to fully comprehend. As a result, we can be tempted to think of Jesus similarly—as a concept we’re trying to understand. But, Jesus happened. May we never forget this truth—the truth we celebrate on Christmas.
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 people. 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.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
- What stands out to you about the words the angel speaks to the shepherds? What details were included?
- What impact does remembering that Jesus happened have on your faith and interaction with Jesus?
- Notice that the angel tells the shepherds that the good news is for all people. Reflect on whether there are people you’ve written off, thinking the good news might not apply to or resonate with them. How might God be inviting you to share the good news of Jesus with whoever came to mind?
God, thank You that the good news of Jesus is for all people. When I become judgmental or cynical, remind me that the good news is for all people! Show me who I’ve closed my eyes to or written off, and give me the heart and the words to share what I know to be true. May I be a bearer of good news to all people and live in the truth that You reign over all. Amen.
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