10---But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news,the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! (The PassionTranslation)
Can you just imagine the shepherds in the field that night? They were going about their work, looking after the sheep and probably thinking about just another ordinary night. When all of a sudden an angel appears. First, they are terrified, I would be too. Let’s be honest, I would have been scared to tears! Then that angel is joined by a huge angelic choir all singing God’s praises. 14---Glory to God in thehighest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.” (If you are like me you are most likely singing Angels We Have Heard on High when you read this verse and shouting out Gloria, in excelsis Deo!!). The greatest event in history had just happened!! The Messiah had been born. For so long the Jews had
waited for this, and when it finally happened, the news came to the shepherds! Humble, hard working shepherds, not the high priests or rulers first. The good news about Jesus is that he comes to all, including the plain and ordinary like you and me. It is for “everyone, everywhere!” Jesus comes to anyone who has a heart humble enough to accept him. Whoever we are, whatever we do, we can have Jesus in our life. We do not need extraordinary qualifications. He accepts all of us as we are! And when we accept him, we have access to the peace and hope that only he can give us.
Lord, thank you for appearing to the shepherds that first night to bring your Good News and showing us all that we do not need any extra qualifications to accept you. Jesus, humble our hearts to let you fully in. May we each be filled with Peace and Hope throughout this Christmas season and beyond.
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