What a privilege it is to be called a child of God and to know Christ our Saviour. Sometimes as Christians, we may perceive our faith in Christ as a choice we made, but over and over again, we are reminded in scripture of God’s sovereign grace and love that saved us in our helplessness.
In the Christmas story, we read about the shepherds in the field who were attending to their flocks at night. Scripture gives us no information about their names, their devotion to God or having any sense of anticipating the birth of Jesus. Basically, these shepherds were minding their own business. They weren’t seeking a Saviour. They were living a normal life just like you and I. But God broke into the darkness of their lives, and sent His angels to deliver a message of Hope, Peace and Reconciliation. The narrative in Luke reads, “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
The thought that the Creator of the world would move heaven and earth and work things out that you may receive good news (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) and believe in it, is a testament of His love for you. Why you and I? Why the shepherds and not the Scribes and Pharisees? Well, we don’t know why, but what we know is, we have been saved by sovereign grace and this should be enough to brighten our gloomy days and encourage us that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Be encouraged over this Christmas period because if He was pleased to save you, then He has not forgotten His promises concerning your life.
Merry Christmas to you all, from Chris, Odelia and Jeremiah. We love you all and it is a blessing to serve the Lord and His church in Didcot.