If you’ve seen one sheep, you’ve seen them all. Sameness, day after day, season after season, year after year. The shepherd’s high school motto was probably something like, “Once a shepherd, always a shepherd.” All of life was pretty much “same-old, same-old” for these guys.
THEN ONE NIGHT THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES WAS CHANGED FOREVER.
A real, live angel walked up to their campfire, glowing in the awesomeness of the glory of God. As the shepherds reached for their Ray-Bans, the angel gave them the greatest news in all of history. The Savior had finally come, born right in their home town. The words had barely left the angel’s lips when suddenly the sky cracked wide open and a whole army of worshiping angels spilled out into view, praising God and giving Him glory!
GOD’S GIFT OF JESUS TO THEM AND TO US WAS WAY MORE THAN A GAME CHANGER. IT WAS A HISTORY CHANGER.
Do you think those shepherds understood the sweet shock of the events of that night? Not likely.
Okay, so that was a long time ago, but doesn’t a spark of the majesty of that night still linger in our hearts? Don’t we long, even just a little, for the rekindling of the glorious reality of Jesus?
Well, what are we waiting for? Christmas 2017 is a great season to carve out some time to get alone with Jesus, to listen to Him speak to our hearts, to hear His encouraging, identity-stamping words and to let Him empower us to make His great news known to folks we connect with in every area of our lives.
The Gospel of Luke tells us these shepherds, after seeing the glory of God and hearing the birth announcement of the savior of the world, responded by getting in the presence of Jesus and by sharing His Great News with everybody around.
As a church, we are called to do just what the shepherds did. It’s not complicated, we can simply:
- Remember // The gift of Jesus and His presence
- Rejoice // Give thanks and glory to God, non-stop
- Retell // Share Jesus’ Great News
We, the Elders of Antioch Community Church, pray you all will be filled to the brim with His peace and joy this season.
Danny Mulkey – Caleb Zone Pastor and Elder