Receive with Joy! Week 3, Tuesday

The angel told the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Christ the Lord.” and when the angels left, “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.” (Luke 2:11-15)

Luke, not so subtlety, reminds us that Joseph is one of David’s progeny. This is the reason the shepherds are roused from their herdsmen duties to see this thing unfolding in David’s town. Though insignificant in the eyes of the powerful, shepherds become eye-witnesses to the glory of God because Joseph is required by decree to register in his ancestral hometown. The legacy of the first coming of Jesus is the response of the shepherds on that remote Judean hillside to angels who appear out of the darkness. The shepherds received the message of the angels with joy and verified it with thanksgiving and praise, explaining the details anyone who would listen. The Apostle Paul updates and extends the message, “By this good news you are saved…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:2-4)

Share: Share a time when you received good news.

Encourage: Encourage someone you may know to always share good news when they receive it to show the glory of God and how he has worked in their life.

Inventory: Do you regularly thank God for the great things that happen to you?

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