Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Powerful Salutation

Merry Christmas!!!

Scripture: Luke 2:10-12
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will 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. "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Insights: Today’s verses give us the powerful salutation of the angel to the shepherds.  It truly is a powerful greeting and announcement.  As usual the angel had to assure the shepherds they had no reason to fear him or his message.  The very next part of the reception was “I bring you good news.”  The gospel of Jesus Christ IS good news.  God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth to live among us, to die for our sins and finally to have victory over sin and death by His resurrection.  This message is known as the gospel and has the power of life and death; life to those who receive the gift of salvation found in Jesus or death to those who reject such a gracious offering for them.  The second part of the angel’s message was what occurs to those who receive the gospel.  They receive joy which is unspeakable in so many ways.  If you are born again, then you know exactly about what I am writing.  If you are not born again, then you just do not understand because you do not have the joy of Jesus in your life.  The final part of the salutation I wish you to take to heart is the intended recipient of this joy and good news.  The joy and good news is for ALL people.  God desires all to enter into His rest. He understands most will not receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  He does, however, still offer such a gift of grace to the perishing.  Beloved, just like the angel, we are supposed to be messengers of grace to the lost and dying of this world.  Let us be as valiant and bold as this angel.  May we point all men to the love of Jesus Christ, their Savior.  It is my prayer that on this Christmas day you have taken opportunity to reflect on His work in your life.  I pray, if opportunity presented itself, you shared the gospel.  I pray the Lord was honored by your conduct and attitude this day of remembrance of our Savior’s birth.

  1. On this Christmas day is your heart filled with joy?
  2. Have you received the gift of salvation the Christ child bought for you?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ, Your Son.  May my heart be filled with joy this day as I encounter You and Your grace.  Amen.

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