Apparition-to-the-Shepherds

Heavenly Father,

We are, once again, celebrating the most incredible birth to ever take place- the birth of the One who changes everything- the birth of Your Son who split history in two- the birth of the Savior who seems to bring more division than anyone else ever; yet who is the only one who can unite us with You. Christmas is the loud and flashy birthday party celebrated around the world by multitudes, many who don’t even know Your Son Jesus. It is the longest, most celebrated birthday party in the history of earth…yet Jesus was born in the quietest, most humble way possible.

 

He was born to a virgin mother who could have been stoned for her pregnancy (and surely had to bear an undeserved tainted reputation all her earthly life). He was born poor and homeless in a dirty stable surrounded by animals after being turned away from other shelter. Though He had lived with You in the glory of heaven and helped create all there is, He was willing to be born in the flesh in this sinful world just like each of us. The One who helped speak the stars and seas into place was willing to humble Himself to be born as a fragile newborn infant needing a mother’s care and a stepdad’s protection. This very birth had been predicted since the very first sin. Those who studied prophecy waited long for the coming promised Messiah and King. Who would have thought the King of kings and Lord of lords would come in such a quiet way?

 

It may have appeared to be a quiet birth…yet all of heaven was singing louder and in more amazement than ever before! All the angels and heavenly host couldn’t contain their awe of Your indescribable gift to mankind. Who would have thought or considered such a plan…but You, Father! All the joy of heaven was shared with those who were humble enough to hear and see for themselves. It is still like that! Jesus is born into the hearts of those who are humble and ready to receive Your Son. The world might not notice, but there is more joy in heaven than can be contained and it spills over into the heart of the one in whom Jesus is born again! It’s the loudest quietest birth ever!

 

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“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.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”   Luke 2:13-15

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or of a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   John 1:10-14

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”   Luke 15:7

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, Help me celebrate Jesus’ birth in a new way this Christmas. Let Him be born in my heart…

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