DECEMBER 21 / LUKE 2:8-20

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior-- yes, the Messiah, the Lord-- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-- the armies of heaven-- praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

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Do you think the shepherds were excited or frightened of the angels? What do you think the shepherds thought when they found the baby Jesus as the angels had told them they would?

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“Lord Jesus, when the angels told the shepherds that You were born in Bethlehem, they answered, “Let’s hurry to see what the Lord has told us.” When You speak to us, help us to hurry to do what You have told us to do.” 

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