Posted by: missionventureministries | December 21, 2014

JESUS THE MOST PRECIOUS AND WONDERFUL GIFT OF ALL – Luke 2:1-18

3 Shepherds and the anouncement of Jesus' birth

Christmas reminds us once again, that Earth has been touched by Heaven in a precious and wonderful way. And that wise men and women still seek, love and adore Him. May all the love, wonder and joy of that first Christmas be yours at this special time of the year. 

We do not know the exact date of Jesus’ birth, but one night in Bethlehem, our Lord was born. And God revealed His good news first to the shepherds, because God has always had a special place in His heart for shepherds. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were shepherds. King David was called from tending the sheep to shepherding God’s people.  

Who would have thought that Messiah would be born as a baby, and in such humble circumstances? God brought the wonderful news of Jesus’ birth first to the humble shepherds in the field: “For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). The prophet Micah (5:2) had prophesied about 700 years before, that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David. This baby fulfilled that prophecy, plus hundreds of others. He was the Christ. The baby in the manger of Bethlehem is none other than the Lord God in human flesh! 

God brought salvation to Adam’s fallen race by taking human form, yet without sin. Then, as our sinless substitute, He bore our sin to satisfy the righteous justice of God, so that God may be both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). How simple! Children can understand the simplicity of the gospel, and yet learned theologians cannot understand its depths! 

We should respond to the Christmas message just like the shepherds responded. They believed the word of God through the angel, as shown by their leaving their flocks and going to Bethlehem. Then, the shepherds having believed went to tell others. “When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:17)  And they went back to their sheep, glorifying and praising God. Their lives were never the same again. 

True belief always results in obedient response. When God reveals Christ to our soul, we must believe His word. We must personally believe the revelation which God has given concerning His Son. When a person truly believes in God’s Son, they won’t be going on about life just as they were before. There will be notable changes in the way they live.  

When you believe in God’s Son, you cannot be silent. It was not a “silent night” once the shepherds visited the manger! They told others what they saw, they spread the good news and so should we. 

Not everybody is going to respond positively to the gospel. But if we believe in God’s revelation concerning His Son, how can we be silent? Jesus is the Savior! He is God’s simple solution for every need of every human heart! If we really believe that, we have to share! 

Being the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus said: “I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). And He cares for us as no other can. He watches over us more carefully than any earthly shepherd could watch his sheep. He knows our deepest needs. He will protect us from wolves and thieves who would destroy our soul (Psalm 23:4; John 10:10-13). 

Now, if the Good Shepherd has called us to Himself, then He also wants us to shepherd others. We may not be called as a pastor in the church. But like these shepherds of Bethlehem, the ordinary people God calls to the Savior are sent back to shepherd the sheep. It may be a Bible class, sharing with our family or teaching a new searching soul God brings across our path. As we grow to be more like the Good Shepherd, He will empower us to be good shepherds, because our focus is steadfast on Him. Like Jesus told His disciples, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20) 

We wish you have a happy and joyous Christmas celebrating the most precious and wonderful gift of all,

baby

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior

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