One night many years ago, in a field near the town of Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God. The shepherds were terrified. But the angel reassured them, "Don't be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyful news the world has ever heard. And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!" Then all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing: "Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men." Luke 2:8-14 TPT
What joyful news it was! The Messiah, God's own Son, leaving the splendor of heaven and coming to Earth as a man. His mission would be to rescue all mankind from enslavement to sin and sin's penalty of death.
"When we were juveniles we were enslaved under the hostile spirits of the world. But when that era came to an end and the time of fulfillment had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the written law. Yet all of this was so that He would redeem and set free all those held hostage to the written law so that we would receive our freedom and a full legal adoption as His children." Galatians 4:4,5
Be full of joy this Christmas season as you are reminded that your Heavenly Father loved you so much that He gave His only Son so that you could become a son and receive all the benefits of sonship. Merry Christmas to you all.
Pastor Frank Dodson