The supernatural events surrounding Christ’s birth are not products of man’s imagination, but of divine revelation, intended to convey God’s power and purposes. Looking at Luke 2:8–12, Alistair Begg demonstrates how God used the unusual angelic announcement to the unexpected audience of shepherds to communicate a crucial message: God has provided salvation, in Christ alone, for all people. The reconciliation of the world through Christ is good news of great joy, even for us today.
8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
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