Visitors from the heart of the Parthian Empire seeking a legitimate Jewish king were particularly distressing. Herod’s extreme suspicion prompted him to summon the religious leaders. He demanded an answer to one question: where the Christ [Messiah] was to be born.
As you gather with family and loved ones, take time to read the account of the Nativity together!
As you enjoy the lights of the season, remember that tonight the Judeo-Christian world celebrates the reality that light conquered the darkness!
While there is no indication of angelic GPS or even verbal directions to guide the shepherds to the manger, astonishingly, there is no mention of confusion or frantic discussion concerning an extensive search for the baby. The narrative candidly asserts, “And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger” (Lk. 2:16).
Temple shepherds were the first to hear the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. The angel’s message brought overwhelming joy to the shepherds because their knowledge of Scripture undoubtedly included the prophecies concerning the Messiah.
The drama unfolding on the night of Jesus’ birth has captured the imagination of Christians through the centuries. By God’s grace, we share in the benefits of the awesome angelic announcement!
The angel’s message of peace on the night of the Nativity can be a reality in your life. You can choose to live in the personal peace that comes as a result of trusting God. And, when you do, your life will exemplify God’s peace in all your interactions with those you meet throughout the day.