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Creator became a Creature 

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

Luke 2:8 KJV

“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.”

Luke 2:9 KJV

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Luke 2:10 KJV

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviuor, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11 KJV

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:12 KJV

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying,”

Luke 2:13 KJV

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2:14 KJV

In this passage of God’s Word, the physician Luke presents the details of Lord Jesus Christ’s birth: it is night time and the shepherds are taking care of their sheep in an open area, the weather is cold (the weather of Palestine is the same as our weather here, in Pakistan), it seems that the sky is clear and fully illuminated by the bright light of the moon and the stars.  Everything was visible for a long distance in the clear night sky.

Then, suddenly, the angel appears from on high. A strong, sharp light shines brightly and the shepherds are frightened by seeing this light. And, the angle gives a message to the shepherds…a heavenly, divine message.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Luke 2:10 KJV

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11 KJV

Along with this message a group of angels appeared. The shepherds acted upon this message. They went to the city and found Jesus lying in the manger and then they spread this news, they praised God and then returned. 

This is an ordinary, simple incident that we listen to and that we read every Christmas. Every Christmas, there are sermons preached about this account and there are Sunday School children who present plays that tell this same story.  

Let us closely examine this Passage, so that we may deeply know and understand the glorious and precious truths which are described about the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is from eternity to eternity. He is eternal, unique and immortal. He, Himself is God. All the worlds were created by Him and everything came into being through Him. He is the Word of God; He became flesh and came into this world. When He became a man, He was born like other human beings into this world, and then He was laid down in the manger, because there was no room for Him in the inn. The dignitaries who spread the news of this Savior, this Divine being, also came from heaven. The angels gave this news to the shepherds.          

Divine Savior → Divine News → Divine Messenger → Divine Importance

1)         The Good News of the Savior        

The angels did not give the news of Savior’s birth to extra ordinary or influential people of society but chose the ordinary shepherds.

God always chose ordinary people so that through them He can perform extra ordinary tasks.

The Shepherds were poor. They were not clean – their bodies and their clothes had a bad smell, the same smell of the animals that they cared for. They lived at a distance from the normal people of society. They were the poor and the weak and were considered to be a lower section of society.  Their witness had no value in court.

Even today God chooses simple and ordinary people and through them He does great works.

 (a) The Good News is Personal (glad tidings)

This Good News is personal, this is for you.  Unto you a Savior is born. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16 KJV

(b)  The Good News is Global or Universal  

Yes, this Good News is not just personal but also Universal…I give you great tidings which shall be for the whole nation and the whole world.

This Good News is for every nation. This is the Good News of God’s Love and Salvation is for the whole world.

2)         The Purpose of the Savior.  

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2:14 KJV

God the Father accomplished His purpose and mission through His Son. The Heavenly Father was waiting for a long time for the completion of His purpose. Today this purpose has been accomplished. 

“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”

1Pe 1:20 KJV

In the Garden of Eden, God the father said,

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Gen 3:15 KJV

Now the time had come that the head of the serpent should be crushed.

Now Lord Jesus Christ had come to deliver the man from the bondages of Sin and Satan and to establish His Peace with God.

The Prophet Isaiah calls him the Prince of Peace, which means Prince of reconciliation, comfort.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isa 9:6 KJV

“For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell;”

Col 1:19 KJV

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Col 1:20 KJV

In fact, Lord Jesus Christ came into this world to establish Peace and He accomplished His mission in a powerful way. Through Jesus, God not only made Peace between God and man but He also made Peace between man and man.

3)         The Meekness of the Savior.

Meekness is not a weakness.  Meekness is strength.  The birth of Jesus in a manger depicts His humility and His meekness. He had all authority and all power but he did not misuse it. His coming down to earth shows his humility and meekness which is easily seen in His lowly birth and being laid in a manger. He also did not say a word against those who crucified him but instead He forgave them. During His earthly ministry, He Himself said,

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Mat 11:29 KJV

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Mat 11:30 KJV

4)         The Praise of the Savior.   

“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 2:20 KJV

Praising, singing and worshipping is an essential part of the Christian life. What the shepherds saw and heard had a deep, positive impression on their lives. And, they praised God, that He had done a great and wonderful work in their lives.

When God performs a great and wonderful work in our lives it is very important that we praise Him and give thanks to Him.

The Psalmist writes; 

“Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” 

Psalm 150:6 KJV

To what extent do you praise God? 

When you see His wonders in your life?

Do you think about Him?

Do you thank Him and praise Him before you thank and praise other people?

As we praise God, we are filled with spiritual vigor and power. Our light and good deeds also become the cause and reason of praising God.

5)         The Witness of the Savior.  

“And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” 

Luke 2:17 KJV

The shepherds told everyone what they had seen; they promoted it and advertised it. And, they witnessed about the Lord Jesus Christ. Witnessing is very essential ingredient of our Christian living. If a believer has no witnessing in his life, he will die spiritually. Witnessing keeps our faith alive. It gives us zeal, passion, strength and motivation. The early church conquered the authorities, powers and governments through their witnessing. It is the responsibility of each and every believer to witness about his Savior. When we tell others what we have seen with our own eyes, it is witnessing. The witness sees a certain incident, then very truthfully explains it the way he saw it, this is his witness. The word martyrdom is also used for witness. The witness shares the circumstances and events as he saw them. If while explaining the truth, he loses his life (which he does not care about) then he is a ‘Martyr’.  A martyr is one who stands for truth and sacrifices his life for Truth’s sake.     

 

Have you received the Good News of the Savior?

Are you still without this Good News?

Is the Savior’s purpose, coming into this world, has been fulfilled in your life?  

Is the purpose of Savior still incomplete in your life?

How is your life style?

Do you use your powers and authority against others?

Are you humble and meek like Lord Jesus Christ?

Do you praise God for Salvation, eternal life and about his Wonders?

Are you a grumbling person or do you praise God from your heart?

Are you active and full of zeal and passion to witness for Lord Jesus Christ?

 

May Lord grant you Grace to take positive and constructive steps.

Merry Christmas and Lord may abundantly bless you in the coming year and continuously guide your steps.           

Blessings.                             

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