Scripture for Today: Luke 2:10-11 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'”
The French do not have to worry about who they may offend in wishing strangers “Merry Christmas.” Their word for this holiday is “Noel” and so the word, “Christ” is not apparent. And yet, Noel is all about the incredible news of our Savior’s birth.
The word,”noël” was first used in the English language in the 14th century. There are two ideas about its origin. The first thought is that “noël” is a variant of “nael” derived in turn from the Latin word, “natalis” meaning, “birth.” As Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, that makes sense. Then there is the idea that “noël” is derived from the French word, “nouvelles” meaning, “news.” In either case, the emphasis is on the good news of our Savior’s birth.
Today’s verse is all about that good news announced by the angel to the shepherds in the fields. It is surprising enough that first one angel and then a host of them appeared to these men, but just as surprising are the recipients of this message. Shepherds were considered as dirty lower-classed people in this society. Yet, God chose them to be present at a very intimate private scene. They were part of a pivotal moment in history! Not many wise, influential or noble were called. But God chose the foolish to shame the wise and the weak to shame the strong (I Cor. 1:26-27). God’s gift of salvation through His Son is for everyone.
Thank you Lord, for calling me.