Of all the people God chose to reveal Himself to, he chose shepherds. These were a lower class of people yet God chose them. God has to reveal Himself; you don’t just come upon that. You can’t just find God on the surface; He has to reveal Himself.
Christ’s Birth Was Personal
- In verse 10, the angel said, “I bring YOU.”
- Then the angel said, “He is born to YOU…”
We see this as a personal announcement. Although Christ came to save all men, we make it personal because He came to save me. Just as the shepherds received a personal announcement, we too have received a personal announcement.
The reason for Christ’s birth was that we needed a savior, a deliverer, a protector. It’s not about the presents that we get from Nordstrom’s, Macy’s , etc. The Jews had been looking for the messiah for a long period of time. They just didn’t expect Him to be born in a manger. He is the messiah nevertheless. When we stand before Him we will declare that Jesus is Lord.
God chose to send Christ in an image like us so that we could be conformed into an image like Him.
Christ’s Birth Brought Peace
In verse 13, we see the text, “…on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Peace means to set at one again; two things that were broken that have now come together again. In other words, God and man were separated. Christ is here as the reconciler (to bring us back to Him). There had to be a bridge to reconcile man back to God. Christ is that bridge so that we can now have peace with God.
“People can’t be at peace with one another until they have peace with God.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
When you are in internal conflict, it’s hard to have relational peace. When you are in this state of turmoil, you begin to see people through the lens of that turmoil. The solution is to check your relationship with God.
“People go to heaven, they don’t come from heaven.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Christ Was Worth Pursuing
In verse 15-16, we see that the shepherds were looking for what God have revealed and then went urgently after Him.
Pursuing what God has revealed will open possibilities that God has for you. Whatever God reveals is worth pursuing.
“Are you able to stop what you are doing, and go and see what He is revealing?” – Pastor Billy Johnson
After you have bought everything; after you have accomplished everything; after you are known by everyone, then what? The fulfillment you are seeking is in the pursuit of what God has directed you towards.
Christ Was Worth Publicizing
In verse 17-18, the shepherds made it widely known what they saw and heard, and the people marveled. The shepherds were so impacted by what they saw that they had to go tell somebody.
Are you bold enough to say something about the savior” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Get to the place where Christ is worth publicizing. If I say something it is not my responsibility to make anyone respond. Do what you do and let the truth do what it’s going to do. There has to be in us the willingness to say something no matter what the response is from anyone else.
We have the responsibility of publicizing Christ, but make sure your life matches your publication. Our speech should speak of him; our character should speak of Him. Don’t let your character undermine Him.
“Make sure that your life makes the message believable.” = Pastor Billy Johnson
Christ Was Worth Their Praise
In verse 20, we see that, “…the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen.”
Just as the shepherds glorified Him we have the individual responsibility to bring honor to Him.