Lessons From Angels and Shepherds

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Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

Luke 2:8-12 (NLT)
8  That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9  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.”

 This week I discovered a great Christmas devotional from one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. He said, “The announcement went first to the shepherds. They didn’t ask God if he was sure he knew what he was doing. Had the angel gone to the theologians, they would have first consulted their commentaries. Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around to see if anyone was watching. Had he gone to the successful, they would have first looked at their calendars. So he went to the shepherds. Men who didn’t have a reputation to protect or an ax to grind or a ladder to climb. Men who didn’t know enough to tell God that angels don’t sing to sheep and that messiahs aren’t found wrapped in rags and sleeping in a feed trough. A small cathedral outside Bethlehem marks the supposed birthplace of Jesus. Behind a high alter in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps. You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floor recognizes the birth of the King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to stoop. The door is so low you can’t go in standing up. The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees. So…. while the theologians were sleeping, and the elite were dreaming, and the successful were snoring, the meek were kneeling. They were kneeling before the One only the meek will see. They were kneeling in front of Jesus.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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