Advent Days 17, 18, and 19 – Luke 2:8-20
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 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.
Thank you for joining our family Advent study! Advent is an arrival or coming, and it’s a time for us as Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Our reading plan during Advent will explore the Christmas story and is based on the family-friendly Advent study “Truth in the Tinsel” by Amanda White. We will be using the daily scriptures in our personal time at the feet of Jesus while we SOAP (Not sure what SOAP is? Go here for the tutorial.) and then sharing these scriptures with our families so we can all prepare together and learn what Christmas is really about. For ideas to keep the young ones engaged and daily ornament crafts, get your copy of “Truth in the Tinsel” here.
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Go Tell It on the Mountain | Becky Newman
Luke 2:11, 17
This amazing glimpse of God’s glory through angels descending and praising God–we imagine them singing but it was probably something way more awesome than just singing–announcing the birth of God’s son, our Savior, our Messiah (Anointed/Chosen One), our Lord — and who got to see this? Shepherds and probably some sheep. My Bible notes say that shepherds at this time were often viewed as outcasts and as dishonest and unclean since they were usually in the field with their sheep from March to November. These shepherds were also the first to come and worship Jesus (verse 16), as well as the first to go and spread the Good News (verse 17). There’s so much foreshadowing to Jesus’ ministry jam-packed into today’s reading! Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14), blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3), it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17), Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock (Mark 15:46), Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
It’s often those who’ve fallen the most who embrace their Savior the most and are most passionate about telling others what God can do. I think that’s why God picked these shepherds for this experience, as well as for all the foreshadowing. I can use my experience with God to passionately share about what He can do too.
God, please grow in me passion to get out there and tell others the Good News, just like these shepherds. Help me to verbalize my experiences of You through worship, in the quiet, and in the everyday hugs and smiles of my family. Lord, please protect us as we travel to see all of our family and guide my mouth and my actions so that others may see Your light and You through me and ask what is that?
Crowder’s Go Tell It on the Mountain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c6urExkOZ4