The angel tries to calm the shepherds, saying: “Don’t be afraid. I bring wonderful news that will bring joy to all of the world!”
Create a playlist using everyone’s favorite Christmas song. Then, crank up the volume, press play, and have a family dance party!
Israel chose their own path apart from God. As a result, they were exiled from their land and ruled by foreign nations. But the prophet Isaiah knew that sorrow and sadness would not have the final word. He looked forward to the day when Israel’s gracious God would raise up a redeemer to deliver them from oppression and lead them to eternal joy.
11 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.