Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship

Robert D. Pace

It’s Christmas and the delivery truck stops at your house. The “man in brown” steps from his vehicle and walks briskly toward your door. You anticipate. You wonder. But your speculation doesn’t center on the man; it centers on the package! From one perspective, that’s how the first Christmas played out to the shepherds of Bethlehem. This dispatch didn’t arrive from “men in brown,” it came from angelic messengers. They were brilliant, heavenly creatures sent to man’s doorstep. But it wasn’t the angels that mattered most; it was what they delivered. They conveyed the most astounding news ever given to man: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Their announcement was not: “A Teacher is born” or “A Prophet has appeared.” While Christ was both, the incredible news proclaimed that a Savior had been born. The long-awaited Messiah had appeared to rescue humanity from its hopelessness. Man’s soul, wearied with the weight of sin and estranged from God, could now be freed and regain favor with his Creator. And the key to claiming this incredible Gift of Hope is to simply accept the offer. If you haven’t done that, do it today because it only takes a simple prayer. “Dear Lord Jesus, I am sinner in need of your salvation. I ask that you forgive my sin. I confess that you are the true Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”