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Shepherds learn and listen

Cross thoughts: Christian ideas seen in Sudanese every day life.

God made sure that shepherds were among the first to hear the Good News of Christmas.

I offer you four thoughts we can all share with the shepherds of Sudan during this Christmas time.

We can share them with other people too!

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”, Luke 2:10-11.

1. God has done the impossible. The incarnation of God as man is a stunning miracle. Mary served God by receiving the pure heaven-given seed. Luke 1:34-38. God the Holy Spirit overshadowed the young virgin. God the Son was born Jesus. Jesus, a sinless human life. Now Jesus could become our Saviour, because He would die in place of all sinners. A spotless Lamb would die to save Sudan’s shepherds!

2. We can see the invisible God. Mary nursed her baby son to be her own Saviour! Joseph may have helped Jesus learn the basic skills of carpentry, but Jesus’ death on a wooden cross was destined to be His greatest ever work.

Elizabeth Luke 1:41-44; Simeon Luke 2:25-32; Anna Luke 36-38; Simon Peter Matthew 16:16; a Roman centurion Matthew 27:54; and two disciples on their way to Emmaus Luke 24:25-35; were among the people who recognised in the ‘living, dying and living again Jesus’, the very person and presence of Almighty God.

3. God’s kingdom has come. A kingdom is where the King rules. The King’s words are Law. Sudanese people are soon to have an opportunity to choose their human rulers. Whatever happens in (and after) the January 9th referendum, Christian Sudanese will always keep their first loyalty as living God’s way. They will follow personal and corporate holiness as their only way of life, Matthew 4:17; Matthew 4:19; Matthew 5:1-16. Christian Sudanese will live the same attractive way their King Jesus himself lived here on this earth.

4. King Jesus will soon come again. “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”, Acts 1:11. Live everyday ready to let go of all your earthly things and ready for your most important life to begin! That’s good news for all shepherds everywhere this Christmas!

December 2010.


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