Today’s devotional is offered by Ruth Finch.
Love came down when Gabriel brought a message of love to Zachariah that his wife Elizabeth would bring forth a son, a gift from God. Their son, John, the Baptist, humbly recognized Jesus as much greater than himself. John’s purpose was to prepare the way for the Messiah.
Love came down when Gabriel brought a message of love to Mary that she also would bring forth a son. He was born of the most humble beginnings and yet destined to be the savior of the world who would redeem humanity.
And the shepherds brought tidings to the shepherds…
Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Imagine being a shepherd…alone with nothing but your sheep to keep you company in the darkness of night, when suddenly, an angel of the Lord appears. The Bible says “and the glory of the Lord shone ’round them.” It goes on to say that shepherds were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? But, the angel tells them to fear not, do not be afraid and shares with them the good news that a Savior has been born. He is the Messiah, the Lord! And so, the shepherds set out to find this Savior, and when they do, they know the announcement is true. Imagine the excitement and joy!
Luke 2 verse 17-18 “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child and all who head it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
What a privilege to share this moment and become bearers of good news to all that would hear.
And Love comes down today. It is the Holy Spirit that makes known to us His will and renews in us His promises of hope, love, joy, and salvation.
As believers in Christ, it is not only our purpose but our privilege, to bring glory to God by sharing with others the Christmas story of how a little babe, born in a manger, came to save the world. May the true meaning of this season fill us with an overwhelming desire to be faithful to our calling to share, with joy, the Christmas story; a story not reserved for this season alone, but all the year through.