The shepherds at the first Christmas (Luke 2:8-20) must have felt like society had cast them out and pushed them down to one of the lowest rungs on the social ladder. They were considered unclean physically and spiritually, and they must have felt abandoned and forgotten. They must have felt like nobody really cared about them, but then they found out on that first Christmas night that they were wrong. Somebody did care! The One who counts the most did care! He was there for them! Of all the people on the face of the earth, the Angel of the Lord appeared to them. As they made their way to Bethlehem to see the Miracle of Christmas, they discovered in the process: three great gifts that Christmas gives to us; that money can’t buy; and gifts available now to you and me.
I. The gift of acceptance. - Do not fear - God is with you!
II. The gift of forgiveness. - A Savior is born!
III. The gift of Christ. - Accept and worship him.
Admit your need. Believe in Jesus. Commit your life to Him.
Receive God's gifts this Christmas and share them with the world. Amen?