The Meaning of Christmas

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Luke 2:8-18

By Pastor Mike Sanders

     When Jesus was born people from all walks of life came to see Him.  The keenest minds of all of the ages have been those who have humbly bowed at the manger of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The shepherds came and they represent the simple, common, ordinary people who are drawn to this baby Jesus who is born in Bethlehem’s manger.

Life for a shepherd was a difficult kind of life.  They were low on the social scale.  Most people didn’t even regard them with a great deal of respect.

When Jesus was born on a hillside a group of shepherds had gathered, tending their sheep and the Bible says these shepherds had an experience which brings the wonder and the beauty of the meaning of Christmas to us.

(Luke 2:15 KJV)  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.

The shepherds were saying, “Let’s go find out about it.”

Think about it.  When those shepherds looked into the face of that little baby Jesus.   They saw Jesus; the Son of God is now the son of Mary.  They saw Jesus, the One who fills this universe is now confined to a little manger.

(John 1:14 KJV)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


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