Is the Good News Still Good News to You?

Series: For All the People | Week 2: The Shamed

Day Two Luke 2:6-11

6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! – Luke 2:6-11 (NLT)

1. While a barn or stable is never explicitly mentioned, what words in verse 7 hint at the location of Jesus’ birth?
2. Why do you think God chose to send an angel to a group of shepherds?
3. What stands out to you about the angel and his announcement in verses 9-11?

The message that Jesus came to bring salvation to all people excludes absolutely no one from receiving this good news. If the good news has grown old or stale to you, take a few minutes now to put yourself in the place of these shepherds. Picture the dark sky and the stars. Besides for the bleating of a few sheep, imagine the hush and stillness surrounding them. What do you think this angel may have sounded and looked like? Make a commitment to carve out time each day this season to be with God in this same stillness. Ask Him to remind you in those moments of just how good this news really is and to fill you with unspeakable joy.

For Families with Kids at Home:
The Good News of Jesus isn’t just for certain people. Like the angel says in verse 10, the Good News of Jesus is for everyone! Brainstorm with your kids who they could tell about Jesus or invite to church. Then pray with them that God would bring up an opportunity to tell them or invite them.

For All the People