Passage: Luke 2:1~14  

Key verse: 10

1. Good news of great joy for all people (1-12)

Just as Joseph and Mary register in Bethlehem for the Roman census, the baby comes! There is no place for the Messiah to be born, and so, they go into an animals' shelter. Jesus is born outdoors surrounded by the animal world, a veiled reflection of the Creator in the Garden of Eden. An angel shares the birth announcement with humble shepherds watching over their flocks at night. The sign of a baby lying in a manger is good news of great joy for all people! He is our Savior and King and Friend. Rulers who dictate our lives seem most powerful, but King Jesus born meekly in a manger is the Messiah. He reigns!

2. Peace on earth (13-14)

Suddenly a heavenly chorus of angels burst into song, proclaiming: 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.' Our King Jesus' humble birth in a manger glorifies God and gives us peace in our hearts today and always. Let's worship him!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please fill my heart with real joy and peace today through worshiping the baby in a manger.

One Word: Good news of great joy for all people!