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Jan 7, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:8-20

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."

Much has been made of the glorious news of the birth of Christ being proclaimed to these shepherds, but notice an aspect of this story that is often overlooked—their reaction to the news. First, they came to Jesus without delay (vv. 15-16). Second, they shared the news of Jesus with others (vv. 17-18). Finally, they glorified and praised God for all that they had seen and heard (v. 20). Today, there is still no better news that can be heard than the good news of Jesus Christ. It is news of love and atoning sacrifice, of redemption and relationship, of mercy and salvation. It is good news, great news, the best news! Surely, our reaction to the good news of Christ should be the same as that of the shepherds who were told of the Savior’s birth. So, let us draw near to Him, tell others about Him, and praise and glorify God because of Him!

What are some good ways to respond to Christ today?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

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