“The shepherds came to see the baby, stood by his mother’s side. Here lay the Savior, inside a manger, O what a glorious night…I heard the angels singing Hallelujah. Let the earth receive her king. I know that love has come, singing it out – Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds wondered; they couldn’t hide it. Told everyone in sight. All were amazed, when they heard how God came down on this glorious night.”
This is the Christmas story—Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem. A star marked his birth. Shepherds stood in wonder and amazement, then told everyone in sight about this glorious event. Angels filled the sky with singing. It was the first ever hallelujah chorus, and it was a glorious night! Each year we get to celebrate and sing that love came down that night. A king was born that glorious night. Let’s join with the angels and remember to continue the chorus of hallelujahs that marked that special moment.
As you let this rousing song motivate you to exercise, let it also motivate your heart to awe and wonder like the shepherds felt that night. Open your heart and mind to the truth that Jesus, this humble baby born in a manger, is the Savior of the world—and that means he is your Savior! He forgives your mistakes and failures and he loves you just the way you are. If you take the step to believe, as those shepherds did long ago, you, too can have the gift of eternal life by grace, through faith.
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Questions: Describe in your own words what happened in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Have you ever shared this story with anyone outside of your family? Are you ready to step out in faith and say yes to Jesus as your Savior?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for coming on that glorious night so long ago. I believe you are the Savior of the world and the Savior of my heart. Forgive me for all the things I have done wrong. Come and be my king. Take control of my life. Amen.
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.
Contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org.