A Christmas Devotional
One of the more amazing aspects of the coming of the Messiah was that it went completely unnoticed by those who were expecting Him.
However, God did not come into the world unannounced. He spoke of His coming through the ancient prophets; He disclosed the divine characteristics that would define Him; He even revealed the name of the town where He would be born.
He told His people to expect Him. They heard His Word; they just didn’t recognize the Word becoming flesh. They should have seen Him coming.
Then on the blessed night in which the King was born, heaven made an announcement.
An angel descended from Heaven.
His aim: a field just outside a small town nestled in the foothills of the Promised Land: the City of David… Bethlehem.
His announcement: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
His audience: Shepherds watching over their flock by night. They were the first to hear the announcement and heed the invitation to come and worship… worship Christ the newborn King.
Soon, they were joined by a multitude of “heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’” Luke 2:13-14
Angelic, as well as earthly praise to God, almost always involves singing.
Singing is a response of the soul. It is an anthem of acclamation. It is a chorus of commendation. It is a proclamation of praise.
There is no greater joy than witnessing the birth of a child or the sense of combined relief and exultation moments after birth.
To burst out in song reflects the joy of the soul.
With the birth of this King, the long anticipated arrival of the Messiah had come to a pass in a miraculous and marvelous way. The waiting was over. The King had arrived. The Kingdom was at hand. The singing could begin.
And what of the shepherds? “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20
They now had a testimony… a story of God’s goodness. The Kingdom of God was at hand.
What an announcement! You know what? That very first announcement of Christmas hasn’t changed over the centuries. We carry that same announcement with us this Christmas.
Something to think about…