Published December 13, 2011

Shelia Shares....

Following is the Christmas story, but with a thought that was new to me. Can people see that we have found Jesus? Has He made a change in me? Thanks to Sherry Heard for sharing her insights. To subscribe to her email devotional, please send an email to: Sherrys_Inspirational-subscribe@googlegroups.com

"Have You Been Changed?"
By Sherry Heard

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds." -Luke 2:8-18

I recently heard a sermon, and I would like to share a portion of it with you this Christmas day.

Looking at the version of Christ's birth in Luke we see a couple of interesting points.

His birth was announced by an angel to Mary and Joseph and then to shepherds. Why was His birth announced to shepherds? Well, let's think about this. When Herod the king found out about Jesus, he tried to kill Him. When the priests found out they challenged and then betrayed Him. Another reason for telling the shepherds would be that Jesus is the Great Shepherd and the shepherds were an example of what we are to do.

The shepherds did something shepherds don't do. They left their flock. They found Him and then they went out and proclaimed His birth. Shepherds were normally shy by nature and even those who were not shy were usually quiet because their station in life was lowly. These shepherds were changed by their encounter with Jesus.

The birth was also announced in the heavens to the wise men who came to see Jesus. They came from so far away that they took two years to reach Him. When they arrived they came asking, "where is the King of the Jews that was born?" They found King Herod and asked him about the baby, but were sent away to find Him. When they found Him and gave Him the presents they had for Him, they were changed. These men left quietly, they did not proclaim what they had found. They did not go back to King Herod and tell him where to find the baby. These were rich men who normally would proclaim something like this, however their encounter changed them and they left quietly.

How have you been changed by your encounter with Jesus this year?

I know I have been changed! I am normally not a writer, but God has laid certain things on my heart to share with you, so when He does, I write.

I pray that if you have not yet been changed by your encounter with Jesus that today may be the day for you.

If you do not know Jesus it is easier than you might think.

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." -Romans 10:9

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." - Acts 4:12

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." - Matthew 22:37-39
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