Day 23 - The Arrival: The Birth of our Savior.

Luke 2:8-11 - In the same region, shepherds were

staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night

over their flock. (9) Then an angel of the Lord stood

before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around

them, and they were terrified. (10) But the angel

said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim

to you good news of great joy that will be for all

the people: (11) Today in the city of David a Savior

was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

Isn’t it interesting that the first announcement of the birth of Christ was given to

shepherds? There’s so much hidden here. To be a shepherd was to have a dirty,

ceremoniously unclean job. They were kind of despised because their work kept them

from the temple for long periods of time: unclean and without the ability to become

clean. And their sheep? Those were the animals used as sacrifices in the temple. God

shows His respect for the lowly by choosing them to hear the angel’s tidings!

Christmas reveals God’s grace for all of us. Everyone is important to Him!