Regardless of our views of the nature of the Christmas holiday, it is always appropriate for us to remember the birth of Jesus and what the incarnation means for us today. Jesus is no longer in the manger. He was born a baby with all of the weaknesses and dependency that comes along with that status. He is now ruling and reigning at the right hand of God the Father. Yes, brothers and sisters this is truly good tidings of great joy! Let us abandon the worldly trappings of this season and press instead in towards the Lord who loves us with an unparalleled tenderness and passion. All can come to this faith regardless of where you are. Will you cry out to Jesus and let Him change you during this season? When surrender is accomplished, the results will last for all eternity!
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”