Christmas Special

8-12There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

13-14At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

19-20Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

Merry Christmas everyone! Last night we had our churches Candle Light service. It was my first one there, but I guess it’s normally on Christmas eve. Anyway since I am now in charge of worship arts I had the privilege of planning it. Apparently (thanks to God) it was the best Christmas service they have ever had!! Anyway, the passage above is from the traditional Christmas story, (even though I think that the entire Bible is involved in the Christmas story) it specifically talks about the shepherds. Yeah shepherds. They stink, their sheep stink, they are dirty, and rude, why go to them? Well here is why . . . it demonstrates two truths too us. (Danny Basham if you are reading this I have 2 things for you! :)) 1. God is in the business of reaching out to the unwanted or unappealing, like you and me. 2. Jesus is often called “The Good Shepherd” and we are his “flock” it highlights the symbolism and the importance of that analogy for us ever before Jesus ‘ real ministry began. So as a students I work with said “Invite Jesus to your Christmas” and remember what He did for you tomorrow.

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