Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of heaven — praising God and saying, "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased." When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
— Luke 2:13-15 NLT
Here's your invitation: You're invited to join the shepherds to go and see the wonderful thing that God has done by sending Jesus. Yes, God has told us about this great event — through his Old Testament prophets, through the yearning of our hearts for a Savior, and through our need for answers to life's greatest dilemmas. So let's join the shepherds at the manger. But, let's not just stop at the manger; God invites us to journey all the way through the story. After all, Luke wasn't writing a biography about Jesus but was instead telling the story of our salvation through God's promised Savior. So let's strengthen our resolve to pursue Jesus all this year through Luke's story of God's saving love. "Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about" and find God's grace, love, and salvation in Jesus.
Father, make my heart yearn to know you, your love, and your story of grace. Teach me as I seek you in Luke's story of Jesus. I pray this in his name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Hebrews 1:1-3
- Acts 4:8-12
- John 1:35-39
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.