Bible Ballistics: BBs #120 A Christmas Fortnight-Response?
We’ve talked about angelic messengers and their message; let’s take time today to think about our response. What should our attitude be toward God’s gift to us—to all? Of course our first answer should be ‘gratitude’, but let’s take a cue from the angels who brought the message to the shepherds.
While these great messengers can’t comprehend the love and grace that Jesus came to bring to us, they willingly delivered the messages they were assigned. Let’s look at the message given to the shepherds.
Luke 2:8-14, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Let’s take it apart—backwards if you will:
Jesus came because of His ‘good will toward men’
“… God so loved.. HE gave His..Son” (Jn. 3:16)
Jesus brought real peace because He is
“The Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6)
His arrival was and IS worthy of our praise:
“Glory to God in the Highest”
For “a Savior”…
For “all people”….
So??? Spread the “good news”
The “tidings of good joy”…
We have glorious reason to rejoice and celebrate. And what’s the best way to celebrate? By spreading this glorious, good news of the “Savior which is CHRIST THE LORD”. Are you celebrating Jesus? Don’t let the tinsel of the world distract from our LORD Jesus—He is the Savior—He came for you and me!!! And HE’s coming again!!