SHEPHERDS

  Home

LUKE 2:7-12 **NIV** AND SHE (MARY) GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN, A SON (CHRIST JESUS). SHE WRAPPED HIM IN CLOTHS AND PLACED HIM IN A MANGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN. AND THERE WERE SHEPHERDS LIVING OUT IN THE FIELDS NEARBY, KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCKS AT NIGHT. AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO THEM, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE AROUND THEM, AND THEY WERE TERRIFIED. BUT THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM. DO NOT BE AFRAID. I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY THAT WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. TODAY IN THE TOWN OF DAVID (BETHLEHEM) A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU; HE IS CHRIST THE LORD. THIS WILL BE A SIGN TO YOU: YOU WILL FIND A BABY WRAPPED IN CLOTHS AND LYING IN A MANGER.

THE PROCLAMATION OF "GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY THAT WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE’ INDICATED ALL HUMANITY WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, CHRIST JESUS. FROM THE MOMENT HE WAS BORN, JESUS BEGAN TO PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR REDEMPTION, CARRYING OUR SORROW AND HUMILIATION. THE DIGNITY OF THE KING OF KINGS BROUGHT DOWN TO A LEVEL THAT FEW PEOPLE IN ALL GENERATIONS HAVE EXPERIENCED. SHEPERDS, THE POOREST OF THE POOR UNDERSTOOD THAT A MANGER WAS A TROUGH IN A STABLE FOR FEEDING A FLOCK OF SHEEP, GOATS OR OTHER LIVESTOCK.

LUKE 2:13 ** SUDDENLY A GREAT COMPANY OF THE HEAVENLY HOST APPEARED WITH THE ANGEL, PRAISING GOD AND SAYING, "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE TO MEN ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS." WHEN THE ANGEL 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."

THIS THING IS A WONDERFUL STORY FOR US, JUST AS IF EACH OF US WERE AMONG THE SHEPHERDS THAT NIGHT NEAR BETHLEHEM. THEIR JOURNEY TO SEE ‘THIS THING’ SHOULD BE THE QUEST OF ALL OF US TO SEE WHAT OUR GOD IS UP TO IN CHRIST JESUS. OUR PRESENT DAY RESPONSE SHOULD BE COMBINED IN FAITHFUL LIVING AND GRATEFUL PRAISE AND DAILY SERVICE TO PLEASE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. TO WITNESS TO OTHERS DAILY OR EVEN TO EXPRESS YOURSELF VERBALLY BY SAYING "PRAISE THE LORD" WILL INCREASE YOUR FAITH AS WELL AS OPEN AND ENLARGE YOUR HEART AND SOUL FOR HIS GLORY.

LUKE 2:7 ** AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN, A SON. SHE WRAPPED HIM IN CLOTHS AND PLACED HIM IN A MANGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM IN THE INN.

THIS VERSE NEEDS TO BE REPEATED TO EMBED DEEPLY IN OUR MINDS THAT THERE WAS NO ROOM IN THE INN FOR THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WHO HAD TO BE BORN IN A BARN. SADLY, THE INN OF OUR LIVES HAS LITTLE OR NO ROOM. SOME PEOPLE FIND A MEAGER AMOUNT OF TIME ONCE A WEEK ON SABBATH AND THEN RUSH AROUND AT A FRANTIC PACE WITH THINGS THAT TAKE OUR LIVES AWAY FROM PLEASING SERVICE FOR OUR CREATOR UNTIL THE NEXT WEEK. FURTHER, ONCE A YEAR MANY CHURCHES HAVE A PAGEANT USING CHILDREN TO SHUFFLE MAKESHIFT LIVESTOCK TO MAKE ROOM FOR CHRIST JESUS. THE MEANING OF THE PAGEANT NEVER PENETRATES INTO THE SOULS OF THE AUDIENCE OR THE PERFORMERS.

LUKE 10:39-41**BUT SHE (MARTHA) HAD A SISTER CALLED MARY WHO SAT AT THE LORD’S FEET LISTENING TO WHAT HE SAID. BUT MARTHA WAS DISTRACTED BY ALL THE PREPARATIONS THAT HAD TO BE MADE. SHE CAME TO HIM AND ASKED," LORD, DON’T YOU CARE THAT MY SISTER HAS LEFT ME TO DO THE WORK BY MYSELF? TELL HER TO HELP ME!" "MARTHA, MARTHA," THE LORD ANSWERED, "YOU ARE WORRIED AND UPSET ABOUT MANY THINGS, BUT ONLY ONE THING IS NEEDED. MARY HAS CHOSEN WHAT IS BETTER, AND IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER."

MOST OF HUMANITY FINDS LITTLE TIME TO SIT AT THE FEET OF JESUS TO LISTEN. HE HAS PLACED HIS WORDS OF LIFE IN A BOOK CALLED THE BIBLE WHICH IS RARELY READ AND FOR THOSE FEW THAT READ OR STUDY THE WORD, IT IS DISTORTED AND INTERPRETED TO SUIT THEIR CONVENIENCE. IS YOUR LIFE DISTRACTED; SO DISORGANIZED THAT THERE IS NO TIME TO SIT AT THE FEET OF OUR CREATOR BY STUDYING HIS WORD?

THE LORD HAS NO TIME TO BLESS THOSE THAT HAVE NO TIME TO SHOW LOVE, BUT HATE THEIR NEIGHBORS. THE LORD HAS NO TIME TO SHINE HIS FACE UPON THOSE THAT KEEP NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS. THE LORD HAS NO TIME TO TURN HIS FACE TOWARD MOST OF HUMANITY TO GIVE THEM PEACE. HOWEVER, MAY THE LORD BE GRACIOUS TO THOSE THAT READ THIS MESSAGE. MAY HE TURN HIS FACE TOWARD YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE.