As we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus the devotion for this morning is based on Luke 2:10-11, "And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
The ancient Israelites had a concept we usually translate as "redeemer" or even "kinsman-redeemer." If you got into trouble or lost all your money, this was the person you needed. A kinsman-redeemer is what we need as human beings. Once all of us were under the power of the devil, living as slaves to guilt and shame and sin. We needed help. But who could do it? We got ourselves into that situation—by rights, it ought to be fixed by a human being. But no human being was in a position to pay. God could pay—but He was not human. By being born into our human family, Jesus fixed that problem. He became our Kinsman-Redeemer, our blood relative who has the right and the ability to buy us back out of slavery.
So yes, Jesus is born to the shepherds—and me—and you. He is born to all of us, as close kin as our children, as generous and loving as the best relative you ever had or dreamed of having. And because He became our kin, now we can become His kin—children of God, sharing His everlasting life and joy.
Please pray with me: Dear Lord, thank You for coming to be my Redeemer. Thank You for being born to me. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.