Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ Third Advent Sunday

Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion: Week 3

By   •   November 2, 2016   •   Topics:

Live Nativity scene; Volunteers as Mary, Joseph, shepherds; also a camel, llama
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.

Luke 2:10 ESV

Week Three: December 11-17

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. steven.satyala says:

    blessed by message


    I pray that GOD gives me the ability to proclaim His words to nations.

  3. Margaret Hood says:

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is always wonderful to go back in time and know that God is still in charge! Thank you dear Lord, for sending us the Savior who conquered death in order that we might inherit eternal life in heaven surrounded by those who have gone on before us. Jesus can be your Savior too. Trust in him and his Word. the Bible. Know that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that ” that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish and live surrounded by the Old Prophets and the New Prophets of today. Amen

  4. stacy roberts says:

    Yes I will share his message to the people and tell them how much God loves them.

  5. Joan Wrenn says:

    Thank you Dr. Graham for all
    your teaching and undying devotion
    for humanity. Your life has blessed
    us all!!!

  6. Devamaran says:

    Yes, I believe my response to preach good news.

  7. Alan says:

    I pray for God’s wisdom and His words upon meeting someone who needs to hear the Gospel.

  8. John A Mackay says:

    Glad to get these advent messages. Thank you for posting them.

  9. Joyce Paul says:

    God pours His love into our heart that it might flow to others. God Bless us all.

  10. MARY Blair says:

    This a blessing for me and my family thanking you for sharing.

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