Christmas Devotionals – 12/23

By Nick Zarley
Luke 2:8-14

Questions swirl in the minds of expectant parents as they decide what the name should be, whether or not to find out the gender of the baby, and of course the best brand of diapers to purchase. Despite where you stand on any of these issues the one constant is the indescribable joy experienced by families and friends as they greet the new child for the first time. Once the baby has arrived there is typically a roll out plan for how the news will be shared.

     Step 1 – Take picture

     Step 2 – Post on social media

The roll out plan for the birth of Jesus involved angels visiting shepherds in a nearby field… pretty good chance of it going viral if you incorporate a heavenly host. The angels said to them, ““Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy…” This birth announcement is unlike any other in that the fullness of God was dwelling within this tiny babe in the manger. When you visit this child, you are seeing Immanuel, God with us. Truly, good news of great joy! But this joy was not intended only for family, friends and nearby shepherds. This good news of great joy was for all the people for all time. For today, in the town of David a Savior has been born, he is Christ the Lord.