Luke 2:10-11 NLT
Prophets had predicted that some time in the future a Savior would be born. People were waiting and wondering for hundreds of years, “when would it ever happen?” I suppose some had lost hope and no longer expected it to literally come to pass. Most likely those who were still holding on to the promise assumed when the Messiah would be born, it would be announced to some one “important” like a prophet, priest or king.
Among the lowliest people of that time were shepherds, sheep herders, who lived with the sheep day and night. Not in their wildest dreams, would it ever have occurred to them that they would be the first to hear of the Savior’s birth.
In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul tells us why God does things like that, “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 26-27 NLT. God is not prejudiced against the worldly wise and powerful, He just knows they seldom put their trust in Him. He also knows the people the world calls foolish, weak and unimportant are the very ones more apt to trust Him, so He chooses to work through them.
It’s to the lowly in heart that God reveals His greatest truths - truths of “good news,” which bring “great joy.” What could be better news for us who have broken God’s law and stand guilty before Him, than to learn that a Savior has come to erase our guilt and set us free?
“It is joy unspeakable and full of glory!” May this Advent Season find us joining the “heavenly host” singing with greater joy than ever.
“Joy to the world! The Savior reigns: Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.”
Heavenly Father, we have taken Christmas for granted for so long it has lost its’ meaning. Please forgive us, and restore to us again the joy of our Savior’s birth!
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