The Best Gift Devotion Series: Shepherds...

Friday, December 23, 2016


Let's continue on in our series and see how the Shepherds responded to the best gift of all - Jesus.

We have finally arrive to the birth of our newborn king.  Let's pick up reading in Luke 2.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a]Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The Shepherds responded with excitement and praise.  Then they responded by sharing the good news.

The Shepherds were an unlikely choice by God to be the first to know the good news, that the best gift had arrived and yet God is about everyone, even the lowly and unlikely among us.  He sent His angels to share the good news as the shepherds kept watch over their flocks.  When they heard the good news, they went to Jesus and rejoiced at the coming of their long-awaited and prophesized Savior.  After they visited Him, they went on their way sharing with everyone about the good news they had received.

Do you share the good news with people that there is a gift in Jesus?  Do you know the good news?


 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. {Romans 3:23}


We all fall short, no matter how good we are on the outside, we all have sin in our hearts.  


"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." {Romans 6:23}



Due to that sin, we are destined for death BUT God sent his son as a tiny baby into the world to grow up and go to the cross, a sinless man, taking the punishment for you and me.  Everyone one of us.


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. {Romans 5:8}


He loves us so much that's why he came as a tiny baby and went to the cross.  He wants eternity with us in heaven.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.{Romans 10:9}



So its a gift, you simply need to ask Jesus to come into your life, understanding that we can not get to Heaven on our own, no matter how much good we do, it will never be enough.  Our justification is in Christ.


For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. {Romans 8:38-39}


Once you have Jesus in your heart and ask Him to be Leader in your life.  You may still sin, you may still mess up but you are His always.  You have assurance in Him and eternity. 

If you know Jesus, who can you share with this Christmas? 


He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. {Mark 16:15}


Let's be like the Shepherds and rejoice that the good news is here and go out and share!

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