Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

(The shepherds) ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph.  And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
                                                                                            Luke 2:16-17
An angel of the Lord had appeared to the shepherds and told them the good news of great joy for the people everywhere.  The news was of a child that would change the world.  He would be called the Son of the Most High...the Son of God even.  This child would be the most powerful being ever to live, yet he would be born in a cold and lowly place.  This would be his choice though.  You see, Jesus would not be the kind of Savior that distanced himself from those he saved.  Instead, he came to us and lived among us so that he could do what we do, see things from out point of view, and feel the same pains and joy that we experience.  This is a truly loving Messiah.  And this is the Messiah that the shepherds went around telling everyone about. 
I wonder if the people thought that they were crazy.  Maybe they believed these guys to have been spending too much time alone with the sheep.  But there was surely one person that believed.  Mary not only believed, but she pondered all the things said in her heart.
Believable or not, these were the first evangelists of the Good news.  They were the first ones used by God to spread the gospel of Jesus.  And for that the world should be thankful.  For we should use them as an example.  We've been given the good news, and now it's time to share it with others. 
Let this Christmas be about something more than presents...more than parties...more than Santa.  Lets put away all bickering and complaining so that we may forgive and love and find the peace and hope of our Savior's birth this year.
In the love of Christ,


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