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The Shepherds, the Magi, King Herod, and the Scribe - these four different groups all responded to the birth of Jesus in a different way. How will you respond to the King who was born?
Rory tells of his powerful transformation and how God brought him to become a christian.
I. The Birth of Jesus (1-7) *Born in Humble Circumstances. *Announced to Shepherds....(v8) *The presence of Angelic beings (9-15) II. The Good News of Great Joy (v9) *Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord! (11) *Because of this Child and His sacrifice on the cross, peace and favor is available to rest on men and women. III. The shepherds spread the Good news concerning what they had been told about this child. (v17-20) *The shepherds return to their field glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told!
We often believe God is a limited God but He works beyond what we can imagine in ways that we will find unlikely. God's choices in whom He announces the news of Jesus' birth helps us to see the unusual ways and means by which God worked people's lives and in ours.
As if the obscurity of Bethlehem weren't enough, God chose poor shepherds to be the first visitors to the incarnation.
Of all the interesting occupations in the Bible, that of shepherding was perhaps the most common and normal. Over time, it quickly fell out of favor and was even looked upon with despise by those outside the nation of Israel (and even by many within). And yet, to a certain group of shepherds the most awesome news was first delivered – Jesus Christ is born today! Why to lowly, ordinary shepherds and not the priests or leaders? The answer is extraordinary!
The shepherds ran to meet the baby King.
God wants to humble all of us like the Christmas story shepherds, or in light of the fact that God would choose shepherds.
In the context of v. 5 (3:4-9), John is showing how a Christian—by living with an outward-oriented, objective focus on the God-man—is motivated to renounce sin (vv. 6, 9) and practice righteousness (v. 7) rather than indulge in a life of unrestrained license (v. 7; see Smalley, WBC, pp. 151ff.). In v. 5, John gives two fundamental truths about the gospel, which demonstrate Jesus’ opposition to sin. These two truths serve as the proper motivation to drive us to renounce sin and practice righteousness.