EVERYONE is WELCOME
In the second chapter of the book of Luke in the Bible we read the story of the announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. It is significant that the Lord did not proclaim the glad tidings of Christ to just the rich and powerful and influential people.
The shepherds were just regular guys. They were rural and down to earth and mostly poor. And as shepherds working around animals, they were usually ceremonially impure and forbidden even to enter the Temple to worship. But God is no respecter of persons. He wants everyone to hear the message of Jesus.
As the shepherds listened to the heavenly host praising God, they rejoiced in the news of the Savior’s birth. Their lives were changed as they came to the stable and found the infant Jesus. And then they went everywhere, telling everyone that Christ the Lord was born. So as your read today’s scripture passage, know that you will never be overlooked by the Lord. And…make sure you take God’s word to heart as the shepherds did, surrendering your life fully to Him.
(Luke 2:8-20) 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”
15 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.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
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