Day 15

The Third Sunday of Advent

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan


Luke 2:8–11

BY She Reads Truth

Who can be astonished at anything, when he has once been astonished at the manger and the cross? What is there wonderful left after one has seen the Saviour? Dear reader, it may be that from the quietness and solitariness of your life, you are scarcely able to imitate the shepherds of Bethlehem, who told what they had seen and heard, but you can, at least, fill up the circle of the worshippers before the throne, by wondering at what God has done.
–Charles H. Spurgeon

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
–Luke 2:8–11

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31 thoughts on "The Third Sunday of Advent"

  1. Morgan Fasino says:

    Wow, I ask the Lord to renew the wonder if the manager and the cross to me where they are the only thing wonderful I see ❤️

  2. Tracie Nall says:

    I so appreciate that the first to receive the baby announcement was the lowly shepherd in the field keeping watch over their flock at night, doing what they ordinarily did, in the midst of their mundane they received the news that the baby was born, the Savior had come and laid in a manger. How often God speaks to me in my daily duties and I don’t recognize His message or acknowledge His messenger!

  3. Brianna Insley says:

    I love this verse. And am I the only one who hears this verse in the voice of Linus from Charlie Brown?!?

    1. Jess Thomas says:

      Me too! My favorite part of the little scene with Linus is when he gets to
      “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy…”
      He drops his security blanket (which he never puts down) when he says “Fear not”. I think it’s the coolest little subtle reminder that Jesus is our true and only security.

  4. K D says:

    Such great joy!!

  5. Eva-Marie Hester says:

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whim His favor rests!

  6. Shayna Hunter says:

    My pastor said this morning that “without His birth, there couldn’t have been a death and resurrection”. Thank you Jesus!

  7. Kassidy Ellis says:

    I love that the shepherds were doing what Jesus calls us to do now as we await his coming, again. They were in the field, tending to their flock, feeding the sheep, and keeping watch. Jesus came and says it will be good for the servants who the master comes back and finds them still hard at work. :) what an encouragement to press on in faith. He also said Peter do you love me? Feed my sheep. And he also said to keep watch as if protecting your house in the night from a thief, whom we don’t know the hour that he will come. And the angels appeared to them as they kept watch. I’ve never made that connection from the first christmas to the second coming until this morning. It was good news of great joy then and it’s good news of great joy right now. That we may be not afraid but astonished and full of wonder on this third Sunday ❤️

    1. Bethany Slocum says:

      Thank you for sharing this! It’s just what I needed to read today.

    2. Diana Rigdon says:

      ❤️

    3. Elise McGee says:

      Love this and excellent insight about relating the two. Love and know God and make Him known…that is our calling. What a blessing to have His Word and studies like this one to draw us closer in knowledge and understanding and to truly gain His Wisdom for how He calls us to live in this world. May we all be the shepherds He wants us to be.

  8. Liz A says:

    Lord I pray that you I will not just remember the miracle of what you gave us when you sent us your son during the Christmas season; but every day of the year. It’s been a difficult season this season of singleness that the Lord has called me to right now. It seems long and hopeless; yet I have hope in the Lord. He loved me enough that he sent his son to die on a cross to save me from my son! Thank you Lord!

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