Sharing Changed Lives - Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Lord, show me how the gift you gave us can change me as I study this Scripture today.  In his name we pray, amen.

Read: Luke 2:9-15 (NIV)

 “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 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.”

 

Reflect:

Reading through this Scripture brought to mind when our first grandchild was born.  Our daughter called with the news (no, angels did not declare it but to us we thought they should have.)  We were anxious to go see him, but they lived 200 miles away. There was a major snow storm, and we had jobs we had to attend to. 

That all changed when we got to the weekend.  Saturday morning, we got up, stopped at Sears and nearly bought out the store’s baby items including a high chair.  (I am not sure how we got everything in the car, but we did.)  The trip to our daughter’s was one of the longest 3.5 hour drives we have taken.  We were so excited to see the new grandson.  Hearing the news from our daughter about our grandson’s birth completely changed our lives and nothing would ever be the same again.

But the birth of this baby boy in Bethlehem changed innumerable lives from then on.  Imagine the excitement of the shepherds (once they recovered from the shock of the angel appearing)!  They had been out on a hillside minding their sheep when out of nowhere an angel appeared telling them about the birth of the very special baby in Bethlehem.  The words spoken by the multitude of angels helped the shepherds realize the magnitude of this event.  So, they went to see for themselves this new baby, the promised Savior of the world!

 

Apply:

Take some time to re-read the Christmas story this week.  Think about the message from Sunday.  How has this event has changed your life?  Meditate on the one thing about this birth that has impacted your life the most.  Believers’ lives are changed by this special birth.

Closing Prayer:

God, thank you so much for sending this special event into our lives.  Help us cherish the gift you gave us in your son, Jesus.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son” (John 3:16a).  In his name we pray, amen.

Terry Schneider