Devotional for Friday December 25th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:15-16 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Go, tell it on the mountain”
 
The message of Christmas is a birth announcement: “Jesus Christ is born!” That’s the good news that the shepherds had to share in Luke’s version of the Christmas story as told in Luke 2:1-20. The angel came to them at night in the field as they were watching over their flocks, announced that the Messiah had been born, and told them how they could go and see for themselves. The shepherds went, saw, and then left there telling others the good news. And we read “… all who heard it were amazed …”
 
Along with His resurrection, the birth of Jesus is one of the two most important events in the history of the world, and the story needs to be told. One of the most upbeat, joyful, and celebratory hymns that we sing at Christmas is “Go, Tell it On the Mountain”. “Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!”
 
I’m sure I’ve sung that song a hundred times, and I’ve probably heard it sung by others hundreds of times more. My favorite version of “Go, Tell it On the Mountain” was recorded by the band MercyMe on their Christmas album a few years ago. It is by far the funkiest version of the song I have ever heard – you can’t help tapping your foot and singing along. Here’s a YouTube link to it if you would like to take a couple of minutes to listen to it yourself. Just copy and paste the link into your browser (I encourage you to do it. You’ll be glad you did):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xTTBI1zxL4
 
My family and I would like to wish you and yours a happy, joyful, blessed, (and funky) Merry Christmas.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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