On the night Jesus was born, shepherds received this amazing greeting from an angel:
“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 2:11)
Can you imagine being there and hearing this news? The long-awaited Messiah was finally here. The one who they believed would restore the kingdom to Israel.
A whole new world was being born this night and the shepherds were among the very first to witness the wonderful counselor, mighty God, prince of peace (Is 9:7). The shepherds hurry off to “see this thing that has taken place” (Luke 2:15) and indeed find Jesus with his parents.
They are transformed by what they see, and return “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.” (Luke 2:20)
I pray each one of you has had a blessed Advent season and that your days leading up to Christmas have been full of joyful expectation and peace.
I pray that as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, you will know him as Messiah and Savior.
I pray that this amazing good news will break into your heart and life in a fresh and life transforming way.
The shepherds were transformed by what they heard and saw and went back to their work in the fields glorifying and praising God.
I pray that each one of us will be transformed by the good news of Christmas and that we too, like the shepherds, will be so overwhelmed by what we have seen and heard that we will be compelled to share this good news with others.
Have a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to connecting with you in the new year.
With great joy,
Cindy Strickler, PRMI Director
And the PRMI International Leadership Team