Read Luke 2:8-14
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 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.” 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.” Luke 2:8-14
Have you ever been in a situation where suddenly your assumptions or thoughts about a specific person or thing were pretty much blown off the map? Maybe it was the moment you realized the little test you were “prepared” for was really an overwhelming obstacle you had no chance of conquering. Or the moment you realized that she really does like you, a lot! Or how about the moment you realized your team is completely overmatched. Or . . . Well, you get the point.
There are moments of clarity where what you thought was the case may not necessarily be the case at all.
The shepherds who were in the fields outside of Bethlehem? They experienced one of those moments in a big, big way.
Itʼs safe to say that the shepherds knew God. Or they knew of Him as well as they could. They were Israelites. Their people had a rich history with God. They were, after all, Godʼs people. But, everything they thought they knew about God and His ways were pretty much overwhelmed that night. All of a sudden, the God who was a little distant and a lot mysterious, was right up in their world. In their faces!
Look at the description in verse 9: “the glory of the Lord shone around them.” Can you imagine? God was no longer an idea, He was real. He had broken the invisible barrier between His Kingdom and this world. And itʼs entirely safe to say the world was never the same.
Isnʼt that a pretty good way to think about the Christmas story in general? Isnʼt it really as simple as God breaking the barrier and coming into our world? It is that simple. Yet, the power behind this simple truth is life changing.
You are who you are today because God chose to send His Son into this world.
Think About This…
- Answer this: How does Christ coming into our world change things? What would your relationship with God be like if God had not designed it this way?
- Consider thanking God for His love that compelled Him to send Jesus into our world.