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Just as They had Been Told
“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." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:14-20
Raising my hand, I ask, “How many of us have been to services or a camp or revival that seriously touched our soul and tried to reflect the events to another person? I find it difficult to share the personal intensity that I feel when I’ve been touched by God with anyone else. Not that I don’t try. But, I know I can never fully relate what I feel in my own heart and soul. I can talk about the facts surrounding the excitement but usually fail to honestly share the impact.
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for the shepherds who saw, felt, and heard the announcement of Jesus’ birth? A shepherd’s life has never sounded exciting to me; sitting around watching sheep. I would compare it to my dad watching a car race. He spends the whole afternoon anticipating the next accident because that is really where the excitement is. (note: race fans – please don’t throw anything) The most excitement these shepherd’s had known was when a wild animal tried to attack the sheep. They were probably sitting out in the countryside, nodding off to when, without warning, an angel appeared in the sky and the PRESENCE OF GOD came around them. The angel is one thing but the actual presence of God…Now they are awake!!
The angel told them that a “Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2: 11b) The shepherds were, more than likely, Jews and were aware of the promise of a Messiah. The words, Savior, Lord and Christ mean, Deliverer, Master and Anointed King; they must have looked at each other, wiping their eyes, to be sure this was not a dream. Still watching the sky, to their amazement, a host of angels filled it singing a song of blessing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." “Ok, this is not a dream,” they spoke together, “let’s go find out what is going on in town.”
I believe the remainder of the story is a lesson for all of us. What did they do after they heard the message of God? 1) They verified the message 2) They did as God told them 3) They worshipped 4) They told others 5) They returned and lived their lives with renewed excitement 6) They praised God for His gift. Isn’t that a great pattern for us when the Lord speaks and allows us to be in His presence??
“While Shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground. The angel of the Lord came down and glory shown around and glory shone around.”
About the Author: Eleanor Gale lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (41 & 2 on the way; 4 generations / country wide), her two children, their spouses and her two grandchildren are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. @ 3/05 Eleanor Gale dma A Sister’s Hugs; ChIPS
Visit her website at http://home.comcast.net/~sistershugs.