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Getting to know
God together.


Why do I call you “lambs of God” in your devotions?
I do this because you are the little lambs of a Heavenly Shepherd - the Lord.
A shepherd is a person who looks after sheep and lambs.
Have a look at the Shepherd psalm, Psalm 23. Jesus Christ was THE Lamb of God, and He was called that for a far different reason than why I call you lambs of God.  He was called THE Lamb of God because He came to be a Sacrifice, like the Old Testament lambs were sacrifices.

There were shepherds and angels who took starring roles on that thrilling night when Christ was born as a baby. There are a few questions we could ask here. Why did God send the angels?
And the other,
why did God send them to ordinary men, just poor shepherds?
Why didn’t God speak in a mighty voice from Heaven
    to all the kings of the earth?
He didn’t do that did He?
We know this because the Bible, God’s Word, tells us about that most wonderful of all wonderful nights. I will leave out some words, you can read them for yourselves in your own Bible.
We have seen some verses before in our devotions :
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Naz-a-reth, into Jud-aea, unto the city of David, which is called Beth-le-hem; ... To be taxed with Mary his ... wife, being great with child [ she was having a baby, she was pregnant ].  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered
[ It was time for her baby to be born ].

And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes [ baby clothes ], and laid him in a manger [ the place where straw was put for the animals ]; because there was no room for them in the inn.  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 [ news] 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 [ a huge crowd ] of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. “ (Luke 2: 4-14).

Why shepherds?
Because they would have best understood about lambs. And Jesus was the Lamb of God. They looked after the lambs that were later sold to the temple to be used for special worship for the Lord. Read about Jesus being the Lamb of God in John I:29. So the angels came first to the shepherds,  and not to kings. God also has a special concern about ordinary people, like you and me. He is not especially interested in the rich and famous. Although He loves all men and sent Jesus for them all. To God all men are important, not just rulers and leaders.
Why did the angels announce that Jesus, the Son of God, had been born? Because angels are very interested in humans being saved, and in the Saviour Himself.  See the Bible verse Luke 15:10.  “Repenteth” in that verse means to turn away from sin and wrong, and to come back to God. It is a very lovely verse.

The angels were there when God created this earth and all that is in. It was made as a home for mankind, and then God made people and animals to live in it. It is only right that God allowed angels to shout out to people on earth about the Son of God. The angels were so thrilled that He had been born for us, to save us.  When God created the earth the angels were there, shouting and singing with joy and happiness:

“ When the morning stars [ angelic hosts ] sang together, and all the sons of God [ the angels ] shouted for joy? “ (Job 38:7).

More tomorrow about Jesus being born.
What about those wise men?
And the star of Bethlehem?

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