Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Shepherds

Luke 2:8-19 (NLT)
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, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven,  and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 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.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.

Doesn't it give you HOPE....to know....that our precious Savior's birth was first announced to the shepherds?  They were the lowest class of people during that time.....they literally stunk because they stayed in the fields watching over their sheep.  Their occupation was looked down on.  They were members of a very low social class!!!
But God.....
....found favor with the shepherds.
It doesn't matter what "class" we are in society....how rich or poor we are....whether we own an educational degree....what kind of car we drive....how big our homes are.
God sent His Son....to save us....ALL of us!!!
He sent His Son....to be our Shepherd....to watch over us and lead us and direct us....if we'll only accept Him into our hearts!!!

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

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