Luke 2: 1-20
Two things stood out to me today:
10 And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!
19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
How often do we let the miracles and wonders of God slide right by us without taking the time to ponder them? To let them sink into our hearts and minds so that we may refer to them always when we need that extra boost of faith to keep going?
Pondering the distance our sin puts us from God and yet how he reaches out to hold us close to him.
And with the first quote, do you hear Linus reading that? His beautiful sweet voice so directly telling us the meaning of the season (which I tend to think Jesus was born around the time of Yom Kippur – it would be like God to send His son as the atonement for our sins on or around the Day of Atonement… but that’s for another post).
I imagine the shepherds were terrified beyond words. The magnificent angels delivering this message to them… country bumpkin rednecks of ancient Israel. Maybe they felt like it was a mistake – the angels went to the wrong field, the wrong part of town. God doesn’t say or do those kinds of things for people like that. Have you thought that? I have. God won’t do that for me… He won’t answer my prayers… He doesn’t love me.
All those lies are from the pit and smell like smoke.
Pastor Pete said this today “‘2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!””
The shepherds weren’t new creations yet… but we don’t have to believe the lies that tell us we aren’t worthy of hearing and bearing the Good News that Christ has come. He will come again. That good news is for ALL people. Not just Jews. Not just Baptists or the Church of Christ or Catholics. It is for everyone!
It is a gift — a treasure — that everyone can have. What a gift to get a Christmas!