A Shepherd Who Rejoices

A Savior has been born! Luke’s account of Christ’s birth in chapter two is one of the most, if not the most familiar narrative in the Bible. We love reading this Christmas story every year. But as we encounter the nativity in the month of June, I’d like you to reconsider some important aspects of this story that are often overlooked. The first recipients of the announced birth of Christ are the shepherds on the hillside of Bethlehem. They are usually a focal point in the retelling or reenactment of the nativity, but what is so special about these insignificant individuals is the fact that they are just that—insignificant. We are reminded throughout Scripture how God chooses to use or disclose Himself to the weak, lowly, and humble. Paul tells the Corinthians that God chose the foolish to shame the wise (1 Cor 1:27). Why? “So that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1:29). Like the shepherds, who were looked down upon, we too are unworthy and unlikely recipients of God’s revelation. Marvel at God’s glorious saving work in your life. Respond like the lowly shepherds when they heard the good news. Run to Jesus (Lk 2:15) and praise God for all the things you have heard and seen (2:20). Rejoice! And thank Him for opening your eyes to the gospel and transforming your heart. –Pastor Nate

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Chatru Mohinani–Evangelism

10AM: Pastor Nate–A Shepherd Who Rejoices–Luke 2:1-20 (sermon notes)

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