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Day Five: “Glory to God in the Highest!”

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Passage: Luke 2:1-20 (TNIV)

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Reflection:

How amazing it must have been for those shepherds! They were caring for their sheep at night, doing their usual thing, when they received the amazing announcement of the arrival of our Savior, Jesus! They saw not only one, but a whole heavenly host of angels appear and proclaim the glory of God! And not only did they get to hear about Him, but they got to see Him and meet Him. The shepherds could not withhold what they had experienced. They had to celebrate! They had to share what they had heard and seen with everyone.

Responding to the Transmission:
Like the shepherds, we too have met Jesus and have been changed forever! Nothing is the same. Jesus has come. Not just as a baby, but as the One who lived, died and was raised from the dead, so that we could know God and be made right in a love relationship with Him. Let’s pray and ask God to make our lives be “Glory to God in the Highest”, revealing His glory to this generation. Let’s also ask God to fill us with His Presence to live in the continuing work of Jesus, and with every step and action in our lives that others would experience the love and power of Immanuel, God with us.

Day Four: “And They Will Call Him Immanuel”

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Day Three: “My Soul Glorifies the Lord”

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Day Two: “Elizabeth was Filled with the Holy Spirit”

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Day One: “I am the Lord’s Servant”

Monday, December 21st, 2009