Bethlehem's Christmas Stories
At Christmas, we celebrate the arrival of Emmanuel, God with us. The shepherds responded to this good news delivered by the angels by believing the message and acting on it. Mary worshipped and pondered in her heart all that had been told to her about Jesus. Let us celebrate Christ’s birth by first coming to faith in Christ. Then let us tell others the Good News of salvation, meditate on Jesus and treasure Hime, and praise God for sending our Savior.
The first people to hear the Advent message were shepherds, a group considered in the culture of that day to be untrustworthy outcasts. The shepherds were terrified as they saw a glimpse of divine holiness and might. But the angel spoke with the reassuring message, “Fear not.” The good news for all people presented by the angel is a message of forgiveness and great joy. The High King of Heaven came into our world to bring grace. He is Emmanuel, God with us.
The account of the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:1-7 reveals much about three attributes and the character of God. God is sovereign: the mighty emperor of the Roman empire became the unwitting servant of God to fulfill prophecy (Micah 5:2). God is faithful: every detail foretold concerning the birth of the Messiah came to pass. God is humble: Christ came to our world, to seek and save the lost.