December 24, Christmas Eve
Scripture: Luke 2:8-14
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Oh, to be among the shepherds that night.
The shepherds were simply going about their business watching over their flock when they see an angel. This angel tells them that the Messiah had come! The Savior of the World is here! This long-expected Messiah has come. No longer do the people wait for a savior, because the Savior has been born.
I’m sure the shepherds were overcome with emotion, maybe even doubts. But, we know they left and went into town and saw the baby for themselves. Then, they did the only thing they could do – they worshiped the child. The were in awe of the majesty and hope of the young child and they simply worshiped and praised God.
Perhaps they even quoted the angels who said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Today, let us worship God as well! Let our hearts be focused on this child in awe and thanksgiving. Let our spirits be overcome with joy.
For, the Christ Child has been born this day in the city of David. Christ is here and is among us! The Messiah – the Savior of the World – has come!
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.
Lord, We are in awe of the birth of Christ Jesus. Today, we give you thanks for the birth and the life of this child. We are witnesses to the birth, and we shout in joy that you have come. May your peace reign in our hearts this Christmas season. In Christ name, Amen!