Hey church! Before we get to this weeks Bible study, let me remind you about what we have going on at church this weekend! Sunday morning there will be NO 8:30 SERVICE AND NO SUNDAY SCHOOL! Our Christmas Cantata Service will start at 10:30!! Sunday night our Children’s Ministry will be performing their annual Chrismas Program at 6:00. We hope to see you here, this weekend is going to be a lot of fun! Enjoy this weeks Christmas Bible study!
This week we will be reading Luke 2:8-20. The only people chosen by God to receive an announcement of His Son’s birth were shepherds. Read how God chose to make this announcement.
The shepherds were in the fields awake and alert watching over their flocks, prepared to protect them at all cost. The message of Jesus’ birth was not sent to the religious leaders of the time but to poor and lowly shepherds. God showed His favor first on those who were deemed as insignificant by the higher class citizens of the time. Shepherds doing what they were called to do. Matthew Henry wrote, “We do not miss divine visits when we are well employed in fulfilling an honest calling and remain faithful to God in it.” They were awake and alert even though it was the middle of the night. Because of this, they could not question that it might have been a dream.
Imagine what that was like when the glory of the Lord lit up the sky and an angel appeared to them. The shepherds were Jews so the angel told them that the Saviour was born “to you.” He was sent in the first place to the Jews, to bless them, and to the shepherds, though they were poor and insignificant in the world. The One they had looked for had finally come. But His birth was a matter of great joy to ALL people. The angel told them that they could find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. A place where surely no other newborn infant had been laid before.
As soon as the message was spoken by one angel suddenly the sky was filled with a multitude of angels praising God. Our minds cannot fathom how beautiful that must have been. Let God have the honor of this work. Other works of God are for His glory, but the redemption of the world is for His glory in the highest. Just like in our own lives, when God is given all the glory, there is peace. If God is at peace with us, all peace results from it.
The shepherds went immediately to find the baby just as the angel had described. I’m sure they told Mary and Joseph all about the manner in which they were informed of His birth. Mary said little, but treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Just as she had silently left it to God to make her purity known when that was in doubt, so she here silently left it to Him to make her honor known now that it was veiled. It was satisfying enough to find that if no one else took notice of the birth of her child, angels did. The truths of Christ are worth keeping, and the way to keep them safe is to ponder them. Meditation is the best help to memory.
The lowliest circumstances of Christ’s humiliation were all along accompanied by some revelations of His glory to balance them out. When we saw Him wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, we were tempted to say, ‘Surely this cannot be the Son of God.’ But let us see His birth accompanied by a choir of angels and we will say, ‘Surely it can be no one other than the Son of God.’”
Lenett Thrasher, Pastor’s Wife