Our scripture this Christmas Eve is Luke 2:8-14.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an 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. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

God sends His angels to tell the lowliest of people of His blessing of salvation – “to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” God has sent His servants before in the form of faithful leaders and prophets, but this time He comes Himself as a human baby. This is not at all what anyone expected.

Later we hear that God has made known to wealthy and learned people from far away of His love and care, and they travel a great distance to see the miracle and worship the King. God doesn’t discriminate based on wealth or position on either end of the scale. His blessing is based on faith and relationship with Him.

The heavenly host sing “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those whom He favors.” God has chosen all of us as His beloved children. May we all come, rich and poor, to accept His gift of love and forgiveness. Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Heavenly Father, we don’t deserve Your blessing, but You bless us just the same. Thank You for the best gift ever given. Amen.

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