Peace and Joy for the Guilty

Series: For All the People | Week 3: The Guilty

Day Five Luke 2:8-14

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! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

– Luke 2:8-14 (NLT)

1. Review the message the angel brings to the shepherds in verses 10-12.
2. Who joins the angel in verse 13 and what do they say they bring?
3. Reread Psalm 32 in light of this passage.

In Jesus we have forgiveness of sin, a restoration of peace with God our Father, and a future of hope and life! Since the fall of humanity in the Garden, a blood sacrifice has always been required by God for the forgiveness of sin. David looked forward with rejoicing to the coming Messiah who would become the once-for-all sacrifice. We, today, can look back on it with the same rejoicing. In Jesus, God removes our guilt and forgives our sins, and for that we give glory to God and have joy. Take time now to thank God for His indescribable gift. Ask Him to restore true joy in you today.

For Families with Kids at Home:
When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came to earth to remove our guilt. We no longer have to live with the regret of past mistakes. But instead, because of Jesus, we can hand those mistakes over to God and He hands us freedom and joy! Take time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the fact that Jesus came to make a way for us to be friends with God again.

For All the People