THE REAL STORY OF CHRISTMAS                                        Luke 2:8-20

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  (v18)

To fully appreciate the story of Christmas, you must look at three things (1) Who  God called to tell the story. Shepherds. In first – Century Palestine they were considered to be the lowest in society. Yet God picked them to tell the greatest story. Perhaps that’s because some of us would have debated the story or even denied it. Not them. “They spread the word.” (v17 NIV) This answers the question “Could’ God use someone like me? Yes, you don’t need to be a scholar. Just tell people what you’ve seen and heard, and the change Jesus has made in your life (2) The response of those who heard the story. “All who heard it were amazed.” The grace is amazing “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV) The gospel is not good advice, it’s good news! Your sin debt is cancelled, your books are reconciled, and now you can have a personal relationship with God by putting your trust in Christ. It doesn’t get any better! (3) Mary’s part in the storm. “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19 NIV) She wanted to understand what God was doing, and how it related to her. And you need to understand what God was doing and how it related to her. And you need to do that too. God doesn’t change, but he move, and you have to step in step with Him. There were many things many didn’t understand about  God’s will, but she accepted and obeyed it. And that’s what God is asking of you too. (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE:  Father, I know You do not change but You move and You want me to follow You on every step. Please make me Christlike and empower me to win souls for You.

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Remember to thank God for the ordinary as well as the extraordinary.

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