The Shepherds Visit Jesus In A Manger

In Luke, chapter 2, we hear the most beautiful story of the birth of Jesus, and the shepherds also hearing the good news from an angel of the Lord. Truly, these shepherds were blessed to be the first people to hear of the good news of Jesus’s birth and then to be invited to see Him in a manger. Upon hearing about the Lord’s birth, angels surrounded them and sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14) This is that story. It reads, “and there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:8-14)

Much like the angels sang out glory to God in the highest, I have sung this also over the years during the Christmas season, for Jesus is so wonderful and means everything to me. Now, I love how the shepherds heard the good news of the Messiah being born and ran to see Him. This is that story, “and it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2:15-20) The Lord did show the shepherds where Jesus was laying. They were so amazed at what they saw that they gave glory to God. We are to also glorify God for Christ’s birth. Amen.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will remember Your birth, not only in this Christmas season but every day of our life. I look to You, Lord, and bless You. Come and be a part of my life and my family forevermore. I want to be with You in heaven, but I know that I still have things to do on this earth. Surely, many people will regret that chance in accepting You as Lord when they die. Although I fall at times because of temptation, I will not dwell in sin, for living for You means more to me than what the lusts of the flesh bring. So open people’s hearts to desire something more in this life. What You offer us is so much better than we can accept through money or other things in this world. I am always left thirsty and hungry without Your constant presence in my life. I love You, Jesus. Because You came into my life I have much to give thanks. Not to men, but to You, my God. I will glorify in no person, but in You, my God. Praise Yahuah, who is the King of kings and Lord of all Lords. People can lift themselves up in their pride, but they will never prevail without You. I trust in You, God, even my high tower and fortress. I give You glory and praise. I love You, Lord. Help me decrease as You increase in my life. Amen.

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