March 16 Treasure Hunt

 Numbers 24:1-25:18;  Luke 2:1-35;  Psalm 59:1-17;  Proverbs 11:14

When each of our sons was born we proudly sent out birth announcements complete with all the details of the new arrival.  But none of them rivaled the heavenly announcement that proclaimed the Savior’s birth long ago–an announcement that included a treasure hunt!

After scaring the shepherds and then calming them down an angel told them, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

Clue one:  Look in the city of David

Clue two: Look for a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Clue three:  He’s somebody very special!

“Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God an saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest an don earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.'”  Luke 2:14

Nothing short of fireworks filled the heavens!

“Let us go over to Bethlehem.  And the Shepherds went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:16

The treasure hunt ended at the feet of a newborn baby boy–and Jesus was that treasure.

The shepherds told Mary and Joseph all about the sky full of angels and what they’d been told.  Everyone who heard the news got to thinking–wondering what this was all about.

“And Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19

And the Shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.”  Luke 2:20

Have you heard the announcement that Jesus has come for you?

That He paid the price for your sins with His death on a cross?

That He rose from the dead and lives?

That He wants you to live forever with Him in Heaven?

His announcement is for all people.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”  Acts 16:31

Lord God, thank you for the most wonderful birth announcement ever!  Thank you for the new life that comes to each of us who believe in Your Son.  We pray that all people will hear this Good News.  With the Shepherds we glorify and praise You for all we have seen and heard in Your Word–and in the lives of all who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 Glory to God in the Highest!  In His Name we pray, Amen.

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