“We All Need the Divine Salvation/Peace Which This World Can Never Give 我們所有人都需要這世界永不能給予、神聖的救贖/平安“（Luke 路加福音2:8-14）
And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. … But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ … ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
在伯利恆的郊外，有一些牧人在夜間看守羊群。… 天使說：“不要怕！看哪！我報給你們大喜的信息，是關於萬民的：今天在大衛的城裡，為你們生了救主，就是主基督。你們要找到一個嬰孩，包著布，臥在馬槽裡，那就是記號了。” …“在至高之處，榮耀歸與神！在地上，平安歸與他所喜悅的人！”
Shepherds in the fields near by Bethlehem were known to protect and care for the temple flocks which were the only otherwise flocks kept on the land of Israel for using in temple sacrifice according to Jewish regulations. Interrupting that quiet, dark night when Jesus was born was the shining presence of an angel and the glory of the Lord. This first angel was in fact the first preacher of the gospel announcing to those shepherds, who were regarded as social outcasts, the birth of a Saviour, which was (and is) exactly the need of mankind. After the single angel’s announcement, a whole group of angels appeared proclaiming peace which the world needed then and needs now. The contrast between the angelic glory and the humble Jesus must have seemed extreme. God loves to put His glory in unlikely packages so His glory is more clearly displayed.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we do not need another advisor, a reformer or a committee but a Saviour for this fallen world where there is no true peace. How honour and privilege it was that those Bethlehem’s shepherds on whom your favour rested firstly received the good news of Jesus Christ coming into this world for the redemption of mankind. Thank you that by believing and trusting in Lord Jesus alone for saving us from our sins, we can now make peace with you rejoicing in your presence and enjoying your favour. May you have all the glory so we may have the true peace in us. Amen.