“Do not be afraid,” the angel told the shepherds. “I have good news.” Little could they comprehend the drama that was unfolding before them: a Savior had been born. Why would the angel tell the shepherds this news? Our greatness is determined not by our stature in life, but rather by our standing with God. Pray for opportunities to proclaim Jesus’ greatness to everyone.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.