And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 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. For there is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the Highest, And on Earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:9-14 NKJV
An angel appeared before shepherds. The angel was not a sign to them. A multitude of the heavenly host appeared giving praise to God and a blessing to mankind. This was not a sign to them.
The sign was a helpless baby wrapped in rags and sleeping in a place intended for animals. The Lord came to the meek and humble as one of them!
Mary was too young to get married today. The shepherds lived like migrant field workers. As the animals ate up the grass they moved on to greener pastures. They worked into the night protecting their livelihood. It was a stark and humble existence.
God chose a young girl to mother His Son. He announced the birth of our Savior to the lowliest of working class people, why? God does not look at status or position. He looks deep into hearts for the secret the things hidden in them.
The Father saw in Mary and the shepherds people of humility and character. He saw people who knew this world had nothing to offer them. He saw people who longed for things only God could give them!
God is looking deep into our hearts for things only He can see today. He is looking for people of humility and character. He is looking for people who know this world has nothing to offer us. He is looking for people who long for things only Jesus can give us!
Has the Lord ever given you a sign? In 1993 I asked the Lord to bless my marriage. I felt a tingling sensation throughout my body. The Lord gave me a sign He would bless my marriage. He has blessed us. He gave us the son we longed for.
Are you looking for more than this world offers? Do you long for things only God can give you? Humble yourself before the Lord. Surrender your heart to Jesus. The virgin birth, sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a sign of His great love for you!
Jesus came into the world as the Son we needed. He was much more than a sign. He was and will always be the redeemer of a lost world. He sent servants to announce His birth. Jesus is calling servants to make Him known today. Will you answer that call?
God sends you good tidings of great joy today. Give glory to God. There will be peace on the earth when the Prince of Peace returns for us!
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