Glorious Good News
Day: 4 | Plan: Luke
Today's Reading: Luke 2:1-21
Luke 2:11 (NIV) “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Have you ever known someone expecting a baby or working through the adoption process? Often, the wait seems long and unending. But there is nothing like the moment when you finally hear those joyous words—“The baby’s here!”
In Luke 2 an angel announces the glorious good news of our Savior’s birth to a little band of unlikely, uneducated, unsuspecting shepherds. It was a typical night, similar to countless others they had spent under the stars tending sheep. Then it happened. An angel interrupts their ordinary and the overwhelming glory of God shines brightly all around them. (Luke 2:9) Fear grips the shepherds, and suddenly the doors of heaven burst open and a company of angels joins the first, praising God and promising peace. (Luke 2:14)
Wow! Isn’t it amazing that the most anticipated and elegant announcement of heaven was sent to some of the most humble, ordinary people on earth?! But the shepherds’ response is anything but ordinary.
As the glory of God becomes visible to the shepherds, it creates an acute awareness of the power and presence of God. The shepherds are afraid, but this vision of God’s glory is filled with good news. The best news! And the shepherds hear every word spoken to them and take it to heart.
They are not so paralyzed or mesmerized by the miraculous vision before them that they miss the message. The shepherds receive the truth the angels proclaim—the Messiah is born! Christ the Lord, our Savior, is here!
Upon hearing the good news, the shepherds don’t hesitate to respond in obedience to these words. They want to see and experience firsthand what the angels of the Lord have promised. And so they instantly move into action. Scripture records they “hurried off” to find Jesus! (Luke 2:15-16)
Imagine seeing an angel break through the night sky and proclaim a personal promise to you … and then having a host of heavenly beings appear?! That’s something to talk about, right? But more than that, the shepherds are captivated by the incarnate glory of God wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger. How do we know? They begin spreading the word to others “about this child” (Luke 2:11). He became the message of their testimony. (Luke 2:17)
Something truly significant did happen that night, and it is all about the baby—the Lord Jesus Christ. The Promised One. (Matthew 1:21; Isaiah 9:6)
The shepherds’ response is built around God’s truth. They listened and received God’s message. They joyfully worshiped and believed. They immediately went. They encountered Jesus. They passionately told. Others marveled at the good news.
When we think about the glorious news of Jesus Christ, what is our response? What kind of effect does the reality of the Savior’s birth have on us?
Prayer: Lord God, I don’t want to miss the wonder of who You are in the midst of the ordinary. Interrupt me with Your divine presence and keep my heart and mind focused on Your Word. I want to hear You. I want to see You. I want to know You more and help others know You too. Fill my soul with joyful worship and a passion for sharing the wonder of who You are and the truth about Jesus with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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