Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Night That Changed Everything

Our relationship with God is totally different now.

Luke 2:8-12 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.

9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

John 1:10-14 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

That night started out just like thousands of other nights, the shepherds pack their lunch, pickup their staff and their sling and head to the fields outside of Bethlehem. The sheep stayed in the fields during the night from Spring to Autumn when the grass was still available for grazing, a good reason that December 25th is not Jesus birthday.

The quiet fields burst into a worship service as the angel announced to the shepherds that Jesus was born which was followed up with a host of angels praising God. In their announcement the angels describe Jesus purpose and his ministry on earth, they said that he would be our:

Savior - Redeemer
Messiah - Anointed One
Lord - God

Finally the time was right for the next step in God's plan to set us free from the power of sin, now a new relationship with God is possible, a relationship based on family with God as our father. 

Peace with God!

Romans 5:1,11 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Thank you Lord for coming and giving yourself so that we can have a brand new way of relating to you.