Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas - Day 19

The Shepherds

On that one special night, the shepherds were out doing their jobs.  It was a normal evening for them.  There they were, alone in the fields keeping watch over their sheep.  Sometimes, at night, wolves would come and try to hurt the sheep.  The shepherds’ job was to keep them safe and not let anything happen to them and that’s just what they were doing.  But suddenly, something incredible happened!  An angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  (would you have been afraid?  I would!).  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you; you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!  Wow!  Now what?  When the angel had gone, what do you think they angels did?  They said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  When they had seen Him, they told everyone what the angel had told them about this Baby and the people who heard this marveled at what they said. 

Wouldn’t you love to have been one of the shepherd’s?  There are a few things we can learn from them. 
First, they were doing their work just like they were supposed to.  God has given each of us some work to do, and we are to do it cheerfully and diligently.
Next, once the angel told them about the baby Jesus and where to find Him, they went immediately to see Him.  Like the shepherds, we can meet Him by asking Him to forgive our sin and giving our life to Him.
Lastly, again like the shepherds we can go and tell everyone we know what we have learned about Jesus.  Maybe they would like to meet Him too!


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