Advent 2018

Day 18. The Shepherds arrive

Advent 2018 - Day 18. The Shepherds arrive
Tuesday 18th December 2018

Luke 2:8-12

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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour 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.”

The first visitors are not VIPs but humble shepherds who have been summoned by an angelic visitor. To these poor working class people this magnificent news is given: a Saviour has been born, the promised Messiah. This is good news indeed, and rightly understood, the source of great joy. I wonder if you can feel that gladness right now in your heart? For those who have eyes to see, there hidden in the manger beneath the blankets, is the Son of God, the one sent by the Father to be the Saviour of the world. Not all were aware of what took place that night in Bethlehem. Only those with faith can recognise the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah.

I pray for eyes to see where the glory of Heaven touches earth. May I be alive today with the truth that the Saviour, rescuer, King Jesus has been born ‘to us’ and that there is joy in this for all people. May my life be a little glorious in my interactions with people in this Advent season so that the good news of great joy will be known.


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The book we’re learning from this autumn term is James. Written by James, Jesus’ half-brother, it’s a small letter found in very last pages of the Bible