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8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 ESV)
Some things in life are exclusive. There are country clubs for members only, colleges that only accept students with really good grades, and some Christmas parties that are invite only. These events separate the elite from the nobodies. You’re either in, or you’re out. The people that get in are those that have money, good looks, relationships with the right people, or smarts that get them a seat at the table. They’re the people with power and prominence. Everyone else struggles to be seen and get included.
So, it should shock us that God said the good news of Jesus Christ isn’t offered exclusively. The coming of the Savior was “good news of great joy… for all people.” Whether you’re an influential business executive or a humble janitor, a world-renowned singer or flipping burgers at a fast-food joint, the good news is for you. Jesus’ birth was so epic that everyone and everything could change for the better. No one was getting left out of this Christmas party.
To highlight this point, God sent an angel to humble shepherds, keeping sheep at night. Shepherds were not powerful people in society. Their job wasn’t glamorous. They had to get their hands dirty, tending to sheep. To these lowly shepherds, the angel appeared and proclaimed the birth of the Savior, Jesus. Not only did they hear the good news, but they got invited to go see the most precious baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, resting in a manger.
So, be encouraged that God sees you and cares about you—regardless of your job title, your looks, your friend groups, or your special talents. He made you with great care and love. He desires to be with you forevermore. When you trust in His Son, God welcomes you into His family as His beloved child and to have a seat at His table. He invites you to hear and celebrate the good news of great joy for all people.
- Have you ever felt excluded from something? What was that like?
- What do you think the shepherd’s thought and felt when the angel spoke to them about Jesus?
- What does this passage reveal about God? Who He is, what He desires, and how He works?
- How does it make you feel to know God loves you and invites you to be included in the good news?
- Who might you be able to show God’s love and invitation to over the next week?
Lord God, thank You that You see all people and love all people. Thank You for loving me and accepting me into Your family. Thank You for forgiving me my failures. Thank You for sending Jesus to save me and give me hope. Please fill me with Your love so I may love others the way You have loved me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gentry Eddings has been married to Hadley since 2009. They are currently enjoying raising their two-year old twin boys, Isaiah and Amos. He is passionate about seeing people changed by the love and truth of God revealed in the Bible. He also enjoys singing, guitar, soccer, and golf. His favorite Christmas hymn is “What Child Is This?”.