This Morning’s Scripture:
Open your Bible to Luke 2:8-20 and read these verses aloud.
“But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
Praise God for sending Jesus into the world. Ask for His help to share this joyful news with others this Christmas season.
What an announcement! This special news didn’t come in a way we might expect today, like a text message, email, or letter. No, this important news came directly from an angel from heaven. Then, a multitude of angels appeared, celebrating and praising God. Can you picture it? Imagine standing outside on a dark night, and suddenly angels appear with news of great joy just for you. How do you think you would feel? The Bible says the shepherds were terrified, but their fear quickly gave way to joy as they heard the news of the promised Messiah being born.
The Bible says that “they hurried off” to see Jesus (Luke 2:16). After spending time with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, the shepherds “reported the message they were told (from the angels) … and all who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2:17–18). Then they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard” (Luke 2:20). What great joy! The promised Savior had come.
The news of Jesus leads us to respond by joyfully worshiping Him. As we worship Jesus, we will be able to share our excitement about the good news of Jesus with anyone who will listen. What great joy has come into the world!