What Shepards Knew
Sometimes when I read the Bible, I come away thinking that maybe God needs to take a good marketing course.
Time and time again it seems that God passes up the most effective means of getting the message out and chooses something instead that is loaded with problems.
The Christmas story is a perfect example of that. God has some pretty incredible news to get out.
The Messiah is born. And God does prepare a pretty amazing ad for the event. God lines up a multitude of angels to sing a piece from the Messiah—they are rehearsed and ready to go along with an incredible light show. Pepsi never had such an ad during the Super Bowl.
But why tell shepherds? But Jesus said things like, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus came to bring a freedom that could not be taken away no matter what group might technically rule the place.
To shepherds it didn’t matter who ruled the country. They knew they wouldn’t count, no matter who was in charge. If you have a job; if you have a physical appearance or a certain lifestyle; if you have the money; then you have an interest in political freedom. Shepherds had none of that.
Shepherds knew that real freedom had to spring from someplace else, and any savior that shows up as a baby in a feeding trough would understand that.
So they hurried to see and came away rejoicing. I think God gave the message to shepherds because shepherds were some of the only ones able to both understand and appreciate what Jesus was coming to do.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Amen.
See you in church… John