With today being Christmas Eve, I think it is a great time to read this small portion of the Bible about the birth of Jesus Christ and let’s look at a couple of things.
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 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 the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Imagine for a moment that you are a shepherd watching over your allotment of sheep. Not much happening, just a regular night. And then all of a sudden, an angel appears before you. Hovering in the skies and you are surrounded by a great light, the glory of the Lord. The fear must have been palpable.
And if that wasn’t terrifying enough, a company of angels appear. A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 80–150 soldiers and usually commanded by a major or a captain…all appearing out of nowhere. Talking to you. Lowly shepherds.
I cannot imagine what must have gone through the shepherds minds as they witnessed such an amazing sight.
But that is the way God works. Choosing everyday, ordinary people to speak to. Think about it, the most amazing moment in human history, the birth of Jesus Christ, is announced to a group of nobodies. And they were personally invited to see the baby themselves.
One thing that stands out to me is that the shepherds were going about their daily lives. Working, nothing out of the ordinary. And then something miraculous happens. And they responded.
I wonder what we would do if something like this happened to you or I. Just think, we’re working, focused on getting to the next deadline. Not paying much attention to our surroundings. Or on our cell phones, replying to emails, checking Facebook. And then BOOM, something awesome happens.
And I have to wonder: Do we see it or do we miss it? Are we so focused on getting things done that we totally ignore the angels in the sky or do we pay closer attention and witness the miracle.
I often think if the Christmas story were to happen in modern times, would we actually see it or would we miss the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ?
But each day we have the opportunity to experience the blessings of God and all too often we are “too busy” to notice. Miracles are happening all around us and we are missing out.
Today, tomorrow, this Holiday Season, take the time to enjoy your friends and family. Enjoy the emotions, food, and all the trappings of Christmas. But keep in mind this is the time we remember and honor the birth of our Savior.
Be like the shepherds, notice, experience, and spread the good word of the Lord. Enjoy the blessings and the miracle of this time of year.
May the lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.