Have you ever read a text of Scripture and thought, I never saw that before?  I know I have. This often happens when reading Biblical stories that are very familiar.

One example is the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ by the angel to the shepherds near Bethlehem. The announcement is recorded in Luke 2:10-11

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

There are many things in this announcement that may be immediately familiar to us. The angel brings good news which is to be a matter of great joy to the people. And what is that good news? A savior has been born in Bethlehem, the city of David.

But notice that recounting this familiar story in this way leaves out one important detail. There was a deeply personal element in the announcement of the angel. It was not just that a Savior was born, but that the Savior was “born for you.”

You see, the great joy the angels announced truly comes when by faith we can say Jesus Christ is not just a Savior, but that He is my Savior. So let me ask, do you know this great joy? Can say that Jesus Christ is your Savior?




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