Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus is written from eyewitness accounts. Many scholars/theologians think that Luke even interviewed Mary, the mother of Jesus. I don’t think you could get much more eyewitness than that!
Because the world at the time of Luke’s writing was very corrupt, controversial and full of false teachers, he wanted to write an accurate account of the birth. Faith is founded on fact.
Who did angels appear to that declared the birth of the Savior? The least of likely witnesses were the shepherds who were tending their flocks in the nearby pastures. Shepherds were considered unreliable witnesses and were not allowed to give testimony in court. They spent their days in the fields with the sheep and their scent was a repulsive one. These shepherds watched the temple flocks, the lambs used for the temple sacrifices.
Jon Porter, our pastor talked about when the angels left the shepherds, they hurried to see this miracle. They told as many people as they could. Their encounter of the child in the troughs changed their lives. They believed all they had seen and heard and praised God for the Good News.
What does this all mean to us? First of all, did you notice who God chose to use as witnesses to this miracle? A virgin mother, shepherds, a baby (not a king), all the least of these. This is how God decided introduce Jesus to the world. Our great hope to help put ourselves in a position to receive peace. Giving glory always precedes peace.
We all have a throne in our heart. What we put on that throne is what we worship. What’s on your throne? Are you at a time of unrest? Try putting Jesus on your throne.
We are all writing our story. Don’t let someone else write it for you. God loved us so much that he wrote himself into our story as a way for us to be redeemed unto him. He came to earth to give himself as a sacrifice for our sins, because we couldn’t do it for ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a better reason to celebrate this Christmas! I can’t even think about what life would be like to have no hope. I have faith in Jesus and am so blessed to be a child of God.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!