For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
The message of the Good News came to a group of shepherds who in society’s estimation, were on the low end of esteem. They were most likely rough around the edges, perhaps a little dirty – definitely smelled like outside – and likely not educated beyond the basics and their given profession.
It is bewildering to the sophisticated and refined of the world to imagine why a god, much less THE God of the universe, would even stoop so low as to communicate with lowly shepherds.
The fact that this God did, and still does, by the way, demonstrates the underlying reason for joy in the announcement and the reason He gave His birth announcement to the simple shepherds.
Jesus is a personal savior.
The angel said to the least of the least: “there is born to you…” To you who do not make a lot of money, to you who do not live in a fancy house, to you who do not have a high education, to you who don’t seem to amount to anything…to you, I give My Son.
The God of the universe, who is immense and so powerful, sees you and me. He sees you right where you are – all the good, the bad and the ugly – He sees you, and He still loves.
Our God is a personal God, and the criteria for receiving Him is not based on you, your qualifications, or your abilities, education, skills, or economic status, it is based solely on Him.
He decided when He created mankind that He would love. He chose to love at all costs. And His love did cost Him, and He willingly paid the price. Now, He doesn’t hold it over your head, but He offers the love and the gift freely.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32
Dear one, this God, He is your God. He may as well have sent the angel directly to your room and announced to you: “For there is born to you, dear _____(fill in your name), this day…a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
He is yours, and you are His. Rejoice this season in the gift and the love of your Savior’s birth.