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In the next edition of our Immanuel devotional series, Lorna Wilkinson has a major event in mind for the letter ‘A’ - the Announcement of the Saviour’s birth! (Luke 2:8-20) 🎉🙌🏻.
 
After Israel had experienced 400 years of silence, and the chief priests and scribes were not looking for a Saviour, God chose humble shepherds to be the recipients of a universal announcement. Suddenly, a great heavenly host of angels praised God and gave Him the glory!
It was a unique event in the history of the world: no other birth will ever have such an amazing newsflash and social media will never surpass this ‘post’, which came direct from the throne of God 👑🌅.
 
The angel told the terrified shepherds to “fear not”, as he was bringing good news of great joy for all the people. It was a precise, detailed message of great significance. It told who had been born, where He was born and why He had been born.
 
Christ the Lord was born in Bethlehem, as the prophet Micah had foretold: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2) 📖.
 
The baby in the manger was the Saviour! “I bring you good news” was the angel’s message! This wonderful news was delivered to humble shepherds, who hurried to the manger to see for themselves. They wasted no time in telling others the amazing news that they had received from heaven. It is the best news headline of all time! And good news to all who hear and receive the Saviour for themselves 💬❤️.
 
“Long time ago in Bethlehem
So the Holy Bible says
Mary's Boy Child, Jesus Christ
Was born on Christmas Day
 
Hark, now hear the angels sing
New King's born today
And man will live forevermore
Because of Christmas day
Trumpet sound and angels sing
Listen to what they say
And man will live forevermore
Because of Christmas day
 
While shepherds watched their flocks by night
They saw a bright new shining star
And heard a choir from heaven sing
The music came from afar
 
Now Joseph and his wife Mary
Came to Bethlehem that night
They found no place to bear her Child
Not a single room was in sight
 
Hark, now hear the angels sing
New King's born today
And man will live forevermore
Because of Christmas day
Trumpet sound and angels sing
Listen to what they say
And man will live forevermore
Because of Christmas day
 
 
By and by they found a little nook
In a stable all forlorn
And in a manger cold and dark
Mary's little Boy Child was born
 
Trumpets sound and angels sing
Listen to what they say
That man will live forevermore
Because of Christmas day”
 
‘Long Time Ago in Bethlehem’, by Jester Hairston (1956)