Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Word of the Day... December 19, 2012

The Shepherds and Angels

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.Luke 2:8-20

Can you imagine what was going through those shepherds minds the night that Jesus was born? The Angels told them that their Messiah was born.  Shepherd were not tops on any social list. Most people didn't like them. They were probably one of the lowliest  and could have stayed away feeling that they were not dressed properly or good enough to see the Messiah!!!  

They could have been afraid that they would be rejected or turned away.  Have you ever showed up at someones home and the moment you walked in all conversation stops and you feel super uncomfortable?  I have known people who didn't feel like they were dressed nice enough to go to church.  The shepherds were not like that.  They rushed to that stable to see their messiah and fell to their knees and worshipped Him.  

They searched for Jesus and found Him and they were blessed!!!  They went back to their flocks praising the Lord.  We can do that this Christmas.  We can search for Jesus and find Him.  When we do this we are living  the real meaning of Christmas. May you all have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! :):):)


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