The Reason for the Season
Pastor Jim Chapman
On a dark Judean hillside, a group of shepherds were tending their sheep and goat flocks. It was a dark, early fall night, likely in the year 4 B.C. Shepherding was a vital occupation to their culture, handed down from fathers to sons. It could be dangerous at times protecting their flocks of goats and sheep from predators and thieves. But, by and large, it was sheer boredom, moving a group of animals that were notorious for being uncooperative. With the days growing shorter, these shepherds would move their flocks back to their home pens for the winter.
On this late night, the lives of these simple shepherds would be interrupted and changed forever. In Luke 2:9, an angel of the Lord suddenly appears. The brilliant radiance of this angel illuminated the entire surrounding area. For good reason, they were terrified! The angel’s message to them was quite simple: “Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
This angelic being brought the most important news ever- the hoped for Messiah, a Savior for his people and eventually years later, the perfect sacrifice for human sin had been born. This was God’s reason for the season.
As Luke’s narrative continues, the angelic enthusiasm expands as an entire group of new angels join in! Their passion for the birth of Jesus was nothing new to them. They had been worshiping him for a millennium. Now, they were serving as God’s heralds, announcing to all of humanity the arrival of the King of kings, Savior of the World and the Son of God. They knew the reason for the season!
Christmas is a special time of the year here at Christ’s Body Ministries. We are so honored to serve as daily ambassadors for Jesus. Everyone on our team of staff and volunteers work hard to convey this real reason for the season. At times, it is not easy nor well received by our guests, many of whom are desperate, scared and sick. But we know this to be true: that on a dark Judean night, God arrived in the form of a baby in an animal feeding trough-and He changed the world!