8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why shepherds? Why did God reveal His arrival to earth, as Man, to the shepherds?”
I have to admit, shepherds seem to make for a nice flair for the annual nativity scene we often see this time of year…but shepherds? Why shepherds?
Did you know?
Back in the day when Jesus arrived on earth, the shepherds were looked down upon. They were considered to be on the lowest rung of the social ladder.
I would compare them to being just a slight step above the people we see dressed in orange picking up trash along the interstate highway.
Jesus often didn’t make sense to people of the world.
I do know …
Jesus came so mankind could view the world from a different perspective.
Up until his arrival, the Jews had over 600 commandments that man needed to adhere to.
Jesus had one, what He called The Greatest Commandment–love God and love others. (The Greatest Commandment–Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-27a)
And yes, love others means, President Trump, and President-Elect Biden. 🙂
Time and time again …
Jesus messed with people’s minds.
How about the occasion when some teachers of the law and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to the temple in order to stone her, which was a law back then?
Jesus just happened to be in the temple courts that day teaching and the “stoners” announced to Him what they were about to do. Jesus calmly looked at them and said, “Whichever of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.” (John 8:1-11)
They left with their tails between their legs.
“Stoners” no more.
He then looked at the lady and said, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Double Mic drop.
Just because he ran the “stoners” off didn’t mean that the lady hadn’t sinned.
We humans have a way of condoning some sin and condemning other sins.
What stones do you need to drop?
What points of view need to be changed?
What “shepherds” do you need to hang out with and/or help?
I could go on and on and on …
I am certain …
If you hang around Jesus long enough He will mess up the perspective you view the world from…I always write from experience.
John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”