And so it was that while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. There were in the same country shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified! But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. For behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all people: Today in the town of David, a Savior was born for you. He 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.” Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude from the heavenly army, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
What glorious news! Your Son was finally here, the promised Savior from creation. The angel’s herald to the shepherd and then the multitude of Angels joined in rejoicing in the redeemer’s coming. Lord, the message was so important that you once again had an angel to share the news that this peasant family just had a Son. But the importance was not in the messenger but the message. “I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all people: Today in the city of David, a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord.” This was the greatest gift we could ever receive. And you brought it first to those who were less than desirable: shepherds. The promised Savior’s announcement did not go to the High Priest or the king but to men judged and looked down on in society. You sent Jesus to redeem all people, not just the elite or the religious leaders, but he came for all who suffer from sins. What a beautiful sight of our Lord as an infant wrapped in swaddling cloths of new life. Especially when we consider how Adam and Eve were covered in dead animal skins as a reminder of their sin and death.
Send your Spirit to be with us this Christmas season as we remember how life was restored to us through your Son. Jesus came veiled in the cloak of a human body; he came to suffer for the sins of the world. In his birth, he lived for his death, so he could bring us to life. Thank you, Heavenly Father, and happy birthday Jesus. Amen.
Pastor Roger Emmons
Sing with the angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward man.” Peace and goodwill are now ours because Jesus came and restored us to the Father.