The birth of Jesus was announced only to a chosen few – to humble shepherds, and to a few leaders outside of Israel. The time had come to bless all the nations of the earth.
The God of the universe came to the world in humility. He came as a baby, and this baby would be the one who would save the people of the world from their sin.
The all-powerful God became a man.
LUKE 2:1-20, NIV
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Jesus was miraculously conceived. An angel named Gabriel came to Jesus’ mother Mary and said that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Most High God would overshadow her. (See Luke 1:35)
Jesus entered this world completely pure, holy and set apart from all sin. He was 100% God but also 100% man. Stop for a moment and praise God for this incredible truth!
By trusting Jesus you are putting your hope in the only perfect One who is able to take away sin.
“Lord Jesus, I praise You for coming in the form of a man so that I would have a God I could relate to. Thank You for living a perfect life and in doing so giving me an example to follow. Thank You for paying for my sins. Remind me, oh God, of the amazing way You came to earth and died for me! In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.”