The Shepherd’s Perspective – Luke 2:8-20
Joseph and Mary made their way to Bethlehem only to find the city was packed with people. They only found a spot to rest in a nearby stable. That is where Jesus was born.
Meanwhile, in a field away from town a group of shepherds were tending their flock of sheep. I would expect it was very quiet and calm under the stars on that moon light night. Then an angel appeared.
God had been silent for 400 years. Then He spoke to Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph and now the shepherds. We can learn a couple of lessons from the shepherds and how they responded to God’s messenger.
- When God speaks, the hearer knows it is God.
- The shepherd knew they were in God’s presence and responded obediently.
- They had not lost faith in God after years of silence.
- When God speaks, we cannot be remain silent – we must share the message.
The shepherds understood ‘waiting‘. The Bible tells us,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31, NIV
What did they talk about as they tended their flock? My guess is that they shared stories from the past, especially those they heard from their ancestors. Perhaps as they gazed at the star lit sky, they were awed by God’s canvas. Perhaps they shared stories about how God appeared to Moses. What ever was on their mind that night, their faithful waiting was rewarded by a spectacular light that spoke in words they understood. God showed up – and gave them a simple message that they could share with others.
Key point(s) – When God speaks, His voice is recognizable; His message is simple. The hearer cannot remain silent.
Christmas is just a few days away. The Christmas message is a simple message. In the Charlie Brown Christmas special, Linus tells us the simple, yet clear message of Christmas (Luke 2:8-14).
How are you telling others about the gift of Jesus? I would love to hear your story.
To be continued…
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