“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:10,14 NKJV
A peaceful and joyful beautiful sunrise!
How do you feel on Christmas morning? Are you delighted and joyful as you look forward to opening gifts? Are you calm and peaceful as you feel the love of family and eat some breakfast? We always have fried chicken and biscuits on Christmas morning! A southern thing. What special traditions does your family have? Christmas is a time of joy and peace. Even the very first Christmas!
The shepherds were watching over their drowsy sheep. The last ones were settling in for the night. The men were talking about one particularly bright star that shone in the night sky over Bethlehem. When all of a sudden light filled the night sky and an angel of the Lord appeared above them! The shepherds fell to their knees in fright. But the angel spoke gently and told them not to be afraid because he had good news.
The long-awaited Messiah, the Christ, has been born in Bethlehem. He was a baby lying in a manger, in a stable. Without warning, there were now hundreds of angels in the sky. Their strong voices sang beautifully, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill to men.” Then the angels were gone, and the night sky was dark except for the one bright star.
The sheep were bleating, and the shepherds were talking all at once. They decided to go and see this marvelous sight in Bethlehem, the Savior, born to save the world! And when they had seen the baby, just as the angels had said, they had to tell everyone what they had seen and heard. They just couldn’t keep it in. The shepherds sang joyful praises to God for the gift of Jesus!
Jesus was, and still is God’s greatest gift to the world. And with the gift of Jesus, people would have other gifts, too, like forgiveness of sins, salvation, joy, and peace.
We all have busy and sometimes stressful lives, even kids! So how do we keep our joy and peace when we live in a world that is rushing, troubling, and difficult? Just like the shepherds on the very first Christmas, we find Jesus. He is the source of our joy and peace, even in hard times.
This week imagine what it would have been like to be with the shepherds on the very first Christmas. Talk with your parents about it and imagine the joy and the peacefulness of that first Christmas night when we all were given the greatest gift ever, Jesus. Write a thank you note to God for the gift of His Son, our Savior.
Blessings, joy and peace as you look forward to celebrating Christmas, Jesus birthday!