Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:8-14 (NKJV)
The fact that God made the announcement to shepherds helps us to understand the real meaning of Christmas.
John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life,” and He chose to announce that to shepherds first of all.
You must understand that shepherds were at the opposite end of the social stratum from King Herod and all the influential people of the day. Think about it. Shepherds lived in the fields with their animals. They were not respected, they had no power or prestige. Yet, God’s angel came to them and said, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Unto shepherds a Savior was born.
In that one simple announcement God made known some very important truths that will help us discover the meaning of Christmas.
So, what does Christmas really mean? It means three things:
1. That God KNOWS YOU and you are IMPORTANT to Him!
2. That YOUR LIFE MATTERS because GOD LOVES YOU!
3. That YOUR FAITH MATTERS because without it, you cannot PLEASE GOD! Continue reading