As you know, the good news of the birth of Jesus was first proclaimed to shepherds by angels out in the field outside of Bethlehem. You should remember that shepherds were as a rule a fairly despised class of people. They were dirty, sometimes considered untrustworthy, and not the most respectable folks in town.
But God sent His most glorious heavenly messengers with a royal announcement to those men. And they believed, and they went and found Jesus and worshipped Him.
And in this, God establishes the unmistakable point that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from or what you have done. The same message comes to all: high and low, rich and poor, male and female, young and old, to every people of every nation: For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
This is the message of Christmas, but this is also the message of the gospel. And the only question is: what will you do with this message? It’s a royal message because it speaks of royalty. It was sent by God Himself in the mouths of angels. It is good news for all men. Will you believe? Will you drop what you’re doing and worship Him? Will you drop your excuses? Will you drop your fear? Will you drop the accusations and the blaming? Will you stop trying to save yourself? Will you stop trying to be your own Christ, your own Lord?
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
This table is a humble table: like the stable, like the manger, like the swaddling clothes. But like that first stable, Christ is here.
So come and worship, come and welcome to Jesus Christ.
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