God pleaded with his people through miracles and prophetic messages to choose him. Time and again, they pushed Him aside.
The world was especially dark right before Christ’s birth. God had not spoken to His people through the prophets in 400 years.
While the Jews were oppressed by the rulers of the Roman Empire, God seemed silent.
Where was the Messiah He had promised? Into the darkness, the Savior descended.
His earthly father was a simple carpenter. Joseph was a man of honor, a man of faith but not a man of wealth.
Mary, probably a teenager, was asked to give birth to a Son who would never really be her own. She could hold him, love him and for a time she could raise him, but one day he would leave her to complete His Father’s plan.
When God was finally born on earth, He did not appear in Jerusalem where priests and Pharisees could have witnessed His birth.
Stable animals became the audience for His birth because His children, the ones He came to die for, left his parents out in the cold.
The first to hear the Good News were shepherds keeping watch over their flock.
Jesus later said, “I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine.”
His birth was an announcement to all of us that He knows who we are. He created us, He watched over us and He left heaven to live among us so we can know Him too.
It is an amazing message, and the first to hear it were simple shepherds.
Fear not, the angels said. Fear not death. Fear not pain. Fear not the shackles of sin.
For too long, God’s people have been afraid. Now let the message go forth to all people — fear not for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Glory to God in the highest for making Himself known to sinful men through a holy child.
For centuries, man has walked in darkness but no more. The Light has come and with Him peace and goodwill toward men.
Listen closely to the words of the angels, and you will find that at no point were the shepherds commanded to go to Bethlehem and seek their Savior.
God does not order us to seek Him. We are not even required to love Him.
What the shepherds were told was that Christ had been born. They were given a sign so they could find Him if they chose to make the journey.
The shepherds found him exactly as the angels had said, a baby lying in a manger.
God has revealed Himself to us throughout time. He is there in His word. He is here in spirit because His word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Like the shepherds, we are not commanded to seek Him. However, we are promised “seek and ye shall find.”
Sinful men who seek God will find a Savior. Sick men who seek God will find a healer. Lost men who seek God will find the way, the truth and the life.
Dying men who seek God will find the One who holds the keys of hell and death.
All those who truly seek God will discover that He can be found.
John said of Jesus, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
In a dark world, the Light is always shining because of one birth in Bethlehem.