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For All the People

December 18, 2014

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For All  the People

Some things  that we hear  are best kept  to ourselves.     But,  other things  simply must be shared  with everyone.     It can be wrong  to keep certain things  to ourselves.     When the angel  announced Jesus’ birth  to the shepherds,  the angel’s message declared  in Luke 2:10-11,

Do not be afraid;  for behold,  I bring you good news  of a great joy  which shall be  for all the people;  for today  in the city  of David  there has been born  for you  a Savior,  who is Christ  the Lord.     And this will be a sign  for you:  you will find a baby wrapped  in cloths,  and lying  in a manger.

The angel specifically said  that this good news  is meant  “for all the people”.     It was given  with the intention  that the shepherds  should share this  “good news  of great joy”.     Therefore,  it would have been very wrong  for the shepherds  to keep  this news  to themselves  or be afraid  of sharing such a wonder.

These shepherds were well acquainted  with the promises  of God  for a Savior.     Like King David,  who was a shepherd boy  about a thousand years before them,  these shepherds  had faith  in the Lord.     They were shepherds  near Bethlehem,  near where David used  to shepherd his flock  and the town  where the Savior  was prophesied  to be born  (Micah 5:2).     One can be pretty sure  they realized  that they lived  in David’s home town  and that Micah  had prophesied  the Savior would be born there.     All that played  an important part  in their reaction  to the angel’s announcement  to them.     So,  we read  in Luke 2:15-20,

And it came about  when the angels  had gone away  from them  into heaven,  that the shepherds  began saying  to one another,  “Let us go straight  to Bethlehem then,  and see this thing  that has happened  which the Lord  has made known  to us.

And they came  in haste  and found their way  to Mary  and Joseph,  and the baby  as He lay  in the manger,  and when they had seen this,  they made known the statement  which had been told them  about this Child.     And all  who heard it wondered  at the things  which were told them  by the shepherds.    

But Mary  treasured up  all these things,  pondering them  in her heart.

And the shepherds  went back,  glorifying  and praising God  for all that they had heard  and seen,  just as had been told them.

These shepherds looked  for a babe lying  in a manger  and knew  He was the Savior  because that is what the Lord declared  to them  through the angels.     They were not ashamed  to accept  the fact  that God’s Messiah  was born  in a stable.     That seems  to indicate hearts  that realized  God’s wonders  in their personal lives  on a daily basis.

The shepherds  were so positive  about God’s message  that they made it known  to everyone.     They did not meekly speak  with embarrassment  —  not too sure  if they were speaking  the truth.     They were  “glorifying  and praising God  for all  that they had heard  and seen.”

Are we  as sure  as they were  of Jesus  —  born  in a stable  —  being our Savior,  sent  from God?     Are we  “glorifying  and praising God”  for being able  to see,  from all the prophesies  throughout the Bible,  that Jesus  truly is  our Savior  from sin?

The angels  were not ashamed  of Jesus’ birth place.     The shepherds  were not ashamed either.     God works  in ways  we cannot understand.     God’s glory  is in His almighty ability  to condescend  to the most humble  of places  to show that,  yes,  He can love  even us.

There,  we glorify  and praise  His holy Name,  because  we are loved  and saved eternally.

As we think  about God’s coming  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     All glory be  to God,  for He gives us  the peace  of His salvation  in Christ alone.     So great  is His love  to even the least  of us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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