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Thought for the Month-December 2013
Thought for the Month:
Luke chapter 2 verses 7 &18
It seemed an ordinary night for the few unnamed and unknown shepherds from nearby Bethlehem, doing what was routine for them, “keeping watch over their flocks”, after all, they knew nothing of Galatians ch4 v4, that the fullness of the time had come. When, without warning they were surrounded by a light from heaven, and hovering over them a heavenly messenger described as “the angel of the Lord”. It is hardly surprising that these humble shepherds were fearful, how encouraged they must have been to hear the assuring words “Fear Not”. We will not share the experience of the shepherds it is however, possible for us to have the experience of being fearful, an experience which can so easily lead to a spirit of fretfulness. What is the answer to this? Would it not be the same as it was for the shepherds, they heard it from an angel, we can hear it from our Great High Priest Who is ever by our side to strengthen us in times of difficulty.
This was to be a message of “Good News”, but what was this Good News? It was to be of “Great Joy” and to “All People”. Can I suggest there is a difference between Joy and Happiness, the world is in full pursuit of Happiness, which can be short lived, whereas Joy comes from God and is constant ref. John ch15 v11. To “All People” does this not make this message “Unique” a message which crosses every barrier which divides the human race, colour, culture and language. What then is the subject of this unique message? “Unto you is born this day a Saviour which is Christ the Lord” He could not be made a Saviour He was born a Saviour, what a provision God has made for mankind.
As we approach another “Christmas Season” would it not be spiritually uplifting for us as believers to contemplate the amazing truth of Who this Saviour was (and is). Where He had come from, and Why He had come. A great deal has been made of the birth of a royal prince, “Born to be King” but this Glorious Person was “Born King”, the Wise Men got it right when they said “Where is He that is born King of the Jews”. No wonder 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”. Another has put it this way; “No king was ever born so uniquely (born of a virgin), located so humbly and laid in a manger; No King was ever rejected so shamefully, treated so cruelly, crucified so unjustly. But no King was ever raised from the dead so mightily and exalted so highly”.
“Unto you is born this day a Saviour which is Christ the Lord”
Luke 2 : 11
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