Don’t Forget about the Shepherds

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

In the Christmas story there are important characters and there are some that we would consider less important.  The shepherds sometimes are overlooked and labeled insignificant.  However, we should never forget the shepherds and we should never underestimate their value to the Christmas story.  The Bible reveals their story in Luke 2:8-20.  Would you look at several key aspects of this account?  1.  The Shepherds Fear. When they saw the angel they were sore afraid.  Sore comes from the greek word megas meaning big.  They were startled and fearful in a big way.  They had seen alot of things, but nothing like this.  2.  The Shepherds Faith.  I believe this is the defining characteristic of these humble men.  The whole event was hard for their simple minds to comprehend, especially the part about the Savior of the world being born in a manger. After the angels departed, I imagine there were a few moments of absolute silence.  They stood there in disbelief shaking their heads.  Was this real?  Were they only dreaming?  Then they said something amazing, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass.”  They believed!  In simple obedience they left their sheep to go find the Christ child.  3.  The Shepherds Find.  Miraculously they were guided through the obscurity of night to the place where the Child was.  We are not told any details about what took place there at the manger, but we do know that the shepherds would never be the same after they found Christ.  This was the night that changed their lives forever.  4.  The Shepherds Fervor.  These common men were transformed into the first evangelists.  The only thing they knew prior to this night was sheep, but now God had enabled them to know how to speak.  They ran from house to house and to every person they could find and told they that the Savior is here!  5.  The Shepherds Fame.  Over 2000 years later we still talk about these shepherds.  We don’t know their name.  We don’t know how many there were.  We don’t know anything about them before this night.  We don’t know anything about them after this night.  But we do know that they were chosen by God to be the first recipients of the good tiding and they would be the first visitors to see the Baby.  I love how God includes these shepherds into the Christmas story.  Humility and obedience are of great worth to God.  Aren’t you glad that God uses the shepherds of life to accomplish his purpose?

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