April 20 – Jesse Tree – Birthday!

Read Luke 2:1-20

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20

Through this series, we have learned about the time leading up to Jesus’ birth or the “Jesse Tree”. If you were the shepherds in Luke 2 and you just experienced the angels and Jesus in person, how would you react? Would you go back to your same old life, doing the same old things?

From our story we find that is not true of the shepherds. Sure they returned to their fields, but they were changed by the events of that night. They went away, glorifying and praising God! They had had a pretty spectacular night, being visited by angels and all, but it seems like it was more than that. They had heard all their lives of the coming of the Messiah. They knew the significance of that event. A savior was born one who would lead them back to a fellowship with God that had been missing ever since that fateful day in the Garden of Eden.

Without Christ there is no salvation. Without Christ there is no redemption. Without Christ there is no hope for eternal life. God in heaven, on that night, had reached down to us, to bring us back to fellowship with Him. He didn’t NEED to do that but ,because He loves us , He WANTED to. Now that is something to celebrate! Let’s join the shepherds glorifying and praising God for what He did for US that night…

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