Preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. This is day 12 of the 26 day journey. Join me.
Day 12 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Angel’s Good News.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."From the angel's announcement to the shepherds in a field and to those in the town of Bethlehem (as we will see in the next passage) the Good News would spread. This is the very beginning point of the sharing and spreading of the Good News. This is where it all started.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:8-14)
The official announcement from God through angels to the shepherds came in the most awesome and incredible way. The news came surrounded by the brightness of the Glory of the Lord and all of heavens praising God. But it also came in a very personal way. The message was not announced to the whole town or whole world all at once as surely God could have done, but instead to just some shepherds out in a field.
I am so very thankful to God that the Good News has spread like wildfire right into to my life, changing everything, in a very personal way.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.