October 15, 2017
Read: Luke 2:1-20
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Scripture- Luke 2:16-17- They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
Observations- Shepherds were highly thought of by most people in the ancient world, but that didn't stop these shepherds from telling everyone they came in contact with about meeting Jesus. They received Good News about Jesus from an angel and then they saw a host of angels praising God, but their main message was about a little baby who would change the world and "bring great joy to all people."
Application- What is your experience of being in the presence of Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Messiah, who entered into human history and our personal stories? How do you share that Good News designed to "bring great joy to all people" with others like the shepherds did long ago?
Prayer- Lord, help us be more like the shepherds who couldn't help but tell people all about what they had seen and heard of this new baby, Jesus- fully human and fully God with and for us. This is the Good News and we are grateful to receive it in our lives and share it with others as we Reach, Connect, Grow, and Send. Amen.
"And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: 'Jesus is the Messiah.'" (Acts 5:42),