Joy!

“Behold! I bring you good news of great joy, that will for all the people.” Luke 2:10

That was the greeting the angel of the Lord gave the shepherds. I love that the shepherds were the first to receive the news. They probably didn’t know they were the first. I am guessing they were usually the last to know what was going on. Shepherds were very necessary but not revered in Bethlehem.

God chose the lowly to first receive the news that His Son the Savior of the world had been born. Not in Herod’s palace, or the best inn in Bethlehem, not even a humble but clean home; Jesus Christ the Chosen One of Israel was born out back with the animals and all that went with it.

This gives me great joy! He came for me. Someone who would probably have been a shepherd’s wife in that day. Insignificant to the world around me, but not to God the Father. Knowing God sent the most glorious news of all scripture to the lowly gives me great satisfaction.He came for me and all those other women out there that sometimes feel insignificant.

Christ was born and died and rose again for the moms that schlep around in their sweatpants with circles under their eyes just trying to get through the day. He came for the working moms that feel guilty that they leave their children in daycare and don’t spend enough time with them. He came for the moms that yell and lose their temper and cross lines in disciplining their children. He especially came for the moms that forsake their children and pursue their own pleasures.  He came for moms like me that are just normal moms that don’t stand out in a crowd, but shop at Walmart and Goodwill and love their children with the abundance of love that overflows out of their hearts from the love God has planted in their hearts.

As the days are winding down to Christmas maybe you don’t have great joy; or any joy. If Christ is your Savior you can reach down and find that joy. He came for you, to bring you joy, great joy.

In Matthew 2:10 it says: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” The mysterious wise men that came from the east had joy, great joy. Look beyond what is going on today to the joy that God wants you to know in Christ Jesus, and “Rejoice always.” I Thessalonians 5:16

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