In Luke 2:10-12; we read, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, (14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Here we have the Bible's classic Christmas text, sung by angels choiring over Shepherds' Field in Bethlehem: Never was so great a message delivered in so few words. Notice how the message unrolls as you read the text. Arguably this is the simplest explanation of the Gospel that has ever been given.
1. This is liberating news: Fear not – the coming of Christ banishes fear from the human heart.
2. This is news from another world: For behold, I bring you….
3. This is good news: … good tidings….
4. This is joyful news: … of great joy…
5. This is global news: … which shall be to all people.
6. This is nativity news: For there is born…
7. This is personal news: … to you….
8. This is breaking news: … this day…
9. This is royal news: … in the city of David…
10. This is saving news: …a Savior…
11. This is Messianic news: …who is Christ…
12. This is life-changing news: … the Lord!
13. This is accessible news: … this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
For many people, the true spirit of Christmas is finally experienced in the last few hours of Christmas Eve. Many churches have a Christmas Eve service in the latter hours of the night. Indeed, many non-Christians attend these services to catch an annual glimpse of the meaning of Christmas. Beautiful music, soft candlelight, the fellowship of like-minded souls, and a chance to hear the Christmas story read reverently—all this and more makes a Christmas Eve service a holy night for the Christian church.
But it's not just the surroundings, meaningful as they are. Holiness is a matter of the heart above all else. And just as the shepherds left the holy stable where they found Jesus in Bethlehem and went back to their workaday world glorifying and praising God, so we should do the same. The holiness of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should be a prelude to living a holy life the rest of the year. Make sure you sanctify Christ in your heart this season that He might live gloriously through you in the New Year.
Again this year, from the Bible Baptist Ministry, we thank you for your prayers and financial support as we seek to get the message out around the world. We trust you will have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR in the Lord during 2020.
In His Amazing Grace,
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