But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-7, 8-20
Have you ever questioned God’s plan for your life? You are not the only one. Mary and Joseph definitely did, reacting in fear and confusion when they heard the news that Mary would become pregnant with the Son of God. But God made it clear that His plan for the world was far greater than any fear the couple felt. Jesus was born 9 months later in a barn, reminding us that God sent Jesus to us to be the Savior we desperately needed. Soon after, shepherds in a field nearby heard about the birth of Jesus and responded in joy and worship.
Mary and Joseph never could have imagined what God had in store for them and how He would use Jesus’ birth to save the world, but praise God they allowed His plan for humanity to be carried to fruition through their Son.
So many elements of the Christmas story serve as a reminder of the humility of God. He chose a poor, unwed woman to bear His son. He allowed Jesus to be born in a dirty, old barn. And the first people He chose to share the birth of Jesus with were shepherds, which was considered to be a lowly profession. Jesus did not come into the world in the way that people expected. Instead, He worked through the lives of unexpected people in unexpected places to reveal His plan to the world. He could have sent Jesus to Earth with a column of fire or an angel’s chorus, revealing Himself to everyone. But instead, He humbled himself and quietly revealed His glory to a trusted few who would go on to share it with the world.
God came down to Earth for all mankind, including you. The story of His birth, death and ultimate resurrection is for you. As the angel said, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10) – ALL the people. Let the story of Jesus’ birth remind you this Christmas that He came for you because He loved you and wants to spend eternity with you in heaven. He has a great plan for your life and wants to reveal His glory to others through you, just as He did with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and eventually millions of others. You are deeply loved and desired.
Questions to think about:
- Why did Jesus come to Earth in the way He did?
- Do you believe God can use you just as He used Mary, Joseph and the shepherds?
- How do you know God came to save you?