The text recounts the birth of Christ according to Luke. This account refers to the birth of Jesus and most significantly how the Angels appeared to the shepherds in their fields, these men were going about their businesses and doing what they knew how to do, tending to the sheep (their call) They received the good news about the birth of the Saviour of the world and the wonder of His coming into the world. The shepherds went into the City of David in search of the Saviour and after they had seen Him, they were amazed and filled with Joy and they went about to spread the word about the King in the manger.
God always find His people anywhere they are, whatever they might be doing and this is true to us. Wherever we are, just like the Shepherds were about their business received the good news and became the first witnesses of the greatest thing to happen to the entire world. God can find you wherever you are and make you a witness in whatever profession you are doing, all you have to do is to be faithful where He has called you and surely He will come to you there and make you the witness of the greatest of testimonies of all. God will reach you in your obedience and faithfulness and right there you can receive the good news of great joy and your life can be changed forever. Be faithful and God will find you.
I declare that as I remain obedient and faithful in tending to my call, I receive the good news of great Joy and I become a witness of the gospel of Salvation in Jesus’ name.
Reading – Luke 2:1-21
The Birth of Jesus
2 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[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their 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 guest room available for them.
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven,
and on earth peace to those 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.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
- Luke 2:2 Or This census took place before
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.