Morning by Morning, December 24 - Christmas Eve Hope and Joy
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Christ the Lord, be adored in my heart and throughout my day. ...
"In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over the flocks by night. Then and angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord' " (Luke 2:8-11).
On that first Christmas Eve, the angel of the Lord turned the shepherds fear into hope and their terror into joy. At first they didn't understand the meaning of this great light and glory that burst into their darkness. But in their divine encounter, they were soon stirred in their spirits, as they "went with haste," to go seek the One who was born to be Savior of all (v. 15-16).
Many thought we'd never see this Christmas Eve or if we did there would not be much light in our darkness or much hope in our fear. The world is weighed down with the concerns of war in Israel, slaughter in Syria, a nuclear Iran, the fiscal cliff, the Mayan calendar, sharia law, poverty, injustice, and all the other terrors and woes of 2012.
We need a Savior. We need the One who can steady our hearts and calm our fears, who can renew our hope and restore our joy. It's not any man or self-proclaimed messiah; it's not any governmental action or political vote; it's not religious performance or self-righteous judgment that will come shining in our darkness and stirring in our hearts. It's Jesus - our Savior, Messiah, and Lord - who was born in Bethlehem and longs to be born in us.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray the Spirit of our Messiah and Savior, Jesus Christ, will break into your darkness, calm your fears, renew your hope, and restore your joy. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend. Merry Christmas!