Christ, the Great Shepherd and Bishop of one’s soul, is calling you to be like these shepherd. They did remarkable things that most people celebrating this Christmas are forgetting.
“ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
At first, they were abiding in the field
The shepherds were busy abiding in their own business (v.8). It is their joy to spend even sleepless nights in the field. And like many people today who are enjoying their own business, they can sacrifice many things just for the sake of doing their own course. You can do it for the rest of your life, but is it worth it?
keeping watch over their flock
In this life, we are born with something to keep , something in our hands to maintain. These shepherds spent many sleepless nights for the sake of their possession, their source of living. How about you, what are you keeping and maintaining?
and they were sore afraid.
When God’s angel came, these shepherds were frightened (v.9). The Good news may appear as fearsome because you haven’t experienced it yet. But what seemed to be frightening can brings greater joy (v.10) even to all people. This is about the birth of a Deliverer (11). But nowadays, many people are afraid of the Good News. But sad to say they feast on daily bad news which they can find in the web, TVs, Newspapers, streets, pulpits, books, and from the people they met. They even uphold the “No Fear” slogan. But unknown to man, if he has no encounter with the Savior, he has this fear mentioned in Hebrew 2:15. That’s why it is fearful if you will have no savior.
they said one to another, Let us now go…and see these things
The shepherds have to come up with a decision whether to accept or reject the good news that they heard. And like them, each of us have to make a decision once we heard the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
Their own purpose has been altered now. They wanted to prove if there’s really a Good news. They temporarily set aside their own thing .And for all of us, we can verify the validity of things that was shared to us by others. We have to set aside some portion of our time to accomplish them.
they came with haste
Truth is precious and you have to act upon your decisions without delay. If the good news is acquiring large amount of money, or a position in a prestigious company, or whatever sort of material things- I think that many will not want to miss a second.
they had seen
The shepherds had an encounter with the Lord (v.16). They saw that the Good News is true. They saw the Savior that was born. God is pleased when you see His son and you believed.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Although the gospel for us does not include a “literal seeing” (I Co.15:3-4).
they made known abroad
They began to deliver abroad what they have seen(v.17) . Like them, you cannot be silent if you know the Good news. You cannot be so loud about your own thing, and about the things of God, you are silent.
2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
they returned glorifying and praising God
They can still return to what they are doing. But some people are afraid to accept the good news about our Lord because they think that they have many things to reject first, or to remove in their lives, before coming to God. But that is an erroneous mentality. You can never clean yourself in the eyes of God before you come to Him. He does not require yourself to be clean first.
At first, these shepherds could have praised each of them, or the increase of their business. If they have not responded, they will never know that they have better things to glory. And if you think that your achievement now, or your name, fame, beauty, gold, is worth glorying, then you are grossly mistaken.
Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Like the shepherds, you may enjoy doing your own business. But there’s an even greater joy reserved for you and for all people but experienced only by those who make decisions to believe the Good News “Christ Jesus came to save you, He may not save all (because all will not believe) , but He will save you. This Christmas season, you must remember that Christ took human form, a good reason for providing man the way of salvation.
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)