Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion, Week 3: Sharing the True Christmas Message

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The live Nativity is always a favorite at Christmas at the Billy Graham Library.

Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness? Billy Graham’s third Advent meditation focuses on sharing the true Christmas message.

Week Three: Starting December 17

Read Luke 2:8-10—On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th-century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep.

The sheep were those bound for the temple sacrifices. The shepherds were outcasts because of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances. And their manner of life rendered legal observances unlikely, if not absolutely impossible.

How wonderful that in God’s wisdom and love the angels should appear to them—the doomed and the outcast—that night.

Today we can declare to the world that the Good Shepherd cares for all people and wants to give them peace. Christ came on that first Christmas for one great purpose—to die on the cross for our sins. Now God offers forgiveness, inner peace and eternal life to all who will repent and believe in His Son. This is the Christmas message!

Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness? Will you share the true Christmas message with them this year?

>> Read Week 1 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 2 of the Advent devotion

You can have peace today.


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  1. solomon says:

    God's love for men and women all over the world, cannot be overemphasized due to the countless number of times he has shown to mankind that he loves us. But the fact is that humans are so ungrateful and unthankful.

  2. Faye says:

    Thank you for this little 'gem' from the Word. I agree with Karen; that God would seek the outcast, forgotten and doomed first. I got to wondering what the conversations must have been like for those shepherds. So like our God to do this.

  3. nzan kikon says:

    I thought that they were just ordinary shepherds. But,hey! thank you Dr.Graham for the info. am enlightened.

  4. Obafemi says:

    When God was making the Earth and all that was/is within them, God when making man invested more but man failed and hence clearing away the fact that is to whom much is given much is expected. Therefore Jesus was slain which was revealed physically when He came and died for our sins but before his death he has to be born, so that he would actually be referred to as “man”. Hence by a 'man' we inherit death but by another 'Man' Life for evermore.

  5. andrew says:

    I tried many time to go to a Billy Graham crusade in New York, but did not have the money. I have been to the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, NC. I hive plenty of time to share with him in eternity. thanks Andrew Hayes

  6. Kerry says:

    i think its amazing to know that God loves each one of us. He doesn't see us as a status. He sees our hearts and loves us unconditionally. Find it interesting that God uses the ordinary to do His work.

  7. Karen says:

    It never occurred to me that the shepherds were outcast. It is just like God to include such, maybe first and foremost before anyone else.

  8. sheryl says:

    Don't you just love how God is so not like great is our God ..thank you God for caring for such as these ( us ).. I love Him bless His holy name…

  9. Ellis says:

    It is wonderful act of God. He never neglects any one in this world.

  10. Moses says:

    King of kings should logically have been revealed to great shepherds at least, if not a great king. God preferred to speak directly to those who obviously needed salvation. No welcome ceremonies. God's ways…