Bursting Forth with Joy


Luke 2:6-12 (New Living Translation)
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

The baby had been safely delivered and was resting in his mother’s embrace. At this same time, the heavens could no longer contain their joy, and the angels broke through into the night sky to announce the birth of the Messiah.

The first to hear this world-altering proclamation were the most unlikely of people: a rough-and-tumble group of shepherds out in the fields. Yet again God surprises us, honoring the lowly and seeking out the lost. … Just as God graciously seeks each of us today.

How will you celebrate Christmas this year?

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