Week 4 Love
Today’s scripture is perhaps the most familiar account of the birth of Jesus. It shares the circumstances in the world at the time of Jesus’ birth. A Roman governor would require a census be taken and everyone would have to go to their hometown to register. A non-religious, non-Jewish leader required a census that would require Jesus’ family to have to go to the exact place where prophecy said he would be born. Only God could do this.
The word comes to the shepherds out in the fields doing their job at night. The angel tells them the goo” news that is for everybody including lowly shepherds and you and me. Telling them the good news of great joy for all the people. Then the angel makes it personal, “today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is the Messiah, the Lord. The angel gives an exact sign of where to look for and find the baby. Only God could reveal this.
They go and see what the Lord had done and the angel had said, and it was true. They shared with those they encountered after the encounter about the good news of great joy. This news amazed people, it was Jesus’ story but it had also become their story. Mary treasures all these things in her heart. How could they have known how to find Jesus unless God revealed?
God works out the details in our lives for his glory. He reveals this truth to us and others. His story becomes our story as we encounter him. The story is grounded in history, revealed in the present, and is shared for the future by each of us. Will you tell others the timeless message, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born unto you?”