The Gift in a Manger

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story is the Shepherds. They were just normal people, keeping watch on their flock, but the Lord chose to send the Angels to them.

Luke 2:8-9 “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 God shone around them, and they were terrified.”

People are people; I don’t think that anyone would react differently than the shepherds did. The verse says they were terrified, scared out of their robes! So to me, it would seem that this Angel was glorious, he was majestic and beautiful enough to terrify these grown men. When I think of that my next thought is always, how much more is God. How much more is the creator of these beautiful angels!

Luke 2:10- 14 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all 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.’”

This good news was “for all people” in bible times your ancestry and social class mattered! It is still like that in most of the world. We are very blessed in America to have every race accepted and our lives start with our choices. Even then, the angels made it clear that this news, this gift, was for ALL PEOPLE. Anyone can accept this gift that Christ gave when he came down to this earth as a humble baby.

Luke 2:13-14 “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.’”

What a beautiful sight it must have been to see angels praising baby Jesus’ arrival!

Luke 2:15-18 “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in a manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”

They had faith in the angels and went to Bethlehem where they saw exactly what they had been told! Their minds must be spinning at this point. These amazing creatures appeared in the sky and told them about a Savior. He was a little new-born baby in a manger. He didn’t arrive all high and mighty, but humbly and in a very meek way. Now the angel didn’t say tell everyone about what you saw! No, it was a natural instinct to tell everyone about this. It must have been unforgettable! Remind yourself to remember how remarkable this was during your busy season! Be like the shepherds and tell everyone!


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  1. beautiful post, thank you! Blessings, Joan

  2. Thankyou Merry Christmas!

  3. Gma

     /  December 20, 2011

    You did a good job of humanizing the supernaturalest event in history–This is what makes us closer to Christ–Seeing Him and His story unfold amongst REALITY. I love your insistence that people are people–We MUST remember this in order to keep from elevating the principle players in our story to sainthood. God reached down–and touched us. Us.
    Not the politicians, not the religious tongue clickers–
    Shepherds, inn keepers, real folks with no man-made trophies to rest on–
    And here we are two thousand years later–With the evidence of His hand still reaching–stronger than ever.
    Thank you for the reminder.

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