JOSEPH AND MARY’S FAMILY: OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S SALVATION PLAN, HQ Bible Study Team
Passage: Luke 2:8~20
Key verse: 11
1. The angels' song (8-14)
An angel clothed in glory announced Jesus' birth. His birth was good news of great joy for all people of all times. He was the promised Messiah, the Savior, Christ the Lord. God sent him to bring salvation from sin, eternal life and the kingdom of God to all who trust him. The baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger was God's sign. The angels' chorus joined in: Jesus' coming means glory to God and peace to men who receive his grace. He brings joy and peace that no one else can give and no one can take away.
2. The shepherds' faith (15-20)
This world-changing announcement was made to some humble shepherds on night duty. They were terrified at the sight of the angel. God chose the shepherd as a symbol of the Messiah; he himself is the shepherd of his people. The shepherds heard the good news and went to see what had happened. When they saw the baby in the manger, they recognized God's sign and believed God's word; they rejoiced and praised God.
Prayer: Lord, give me eyes to see the humble sign of your hand working in our midst, and rejoice.
One Word: The sign of the Savior