Reading the Word
Luke 2:8–14 (ESV)
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 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!”
Understanding and Applying the Word
Jesus, the Messiah, had been born, but there was no one to celebrate the event. An angel went out to a nearby field and told some shepherds about what had happened. The shepherds were fearful, but the angels told them that Jesus had been born as a Savior for all people. There was no reason to be afraid, but this was cause for celebration! The angel was then joined by many other angels and they praised God for his grace.
The song of the angels was a praise to God for bringing peace on earth, but it is important to notice that peace was not for all, but for those with whom God is pleased. The Bible teaches that God sent his Son to save mankind, but only those who turn to Christ in faith will be saved. This is how we please God, by believing his word. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith.
Our sin has put us at odds with the holy God, but he has offered peace to all who will place their faith in Jesus Christ. This Christmas, be sure to accept the greatest gift ever given.
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