Simple Shepherds

ImageI made a post a few days ago concerning the Luke 2 video.  I decided to wait a bit before I did a text post about it to give people a few days to calm down after the holidays.  If you haven’t watched it yet, click here. Trust me, you’ll want to watch it!

As I said in a previous post, I am an intern for my home church in the Student Ministry. I work with students from 6th- 12th grade, but closely with children’s ministry, as well.  I get the privilege of working daily and loving on students, and witnessing how God touches them all individually and differently.  It’s truly a blessing “job” (I put job in quotes because it NEVER feels like a real job) and it’s been such a great experience.

Of course, this month we had a Christmas party.  The male intern and I (with some great help from small group leaders) were in charge of the junior high ages (6th-8th grade.)  We played games, ate food, watched some funny videos, but with all the fun we wanted to make sure they remembered the true reason for the season.  We showed them the same video that I have shared with you, and I was asked to speak a 5-10 minute little “speech/sermon/thing” about it.

I decided to hone in on the verses about the shepherds.
9 “Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified.”
You’re a lowly shepherd, minding your own business and this beautiful being, an angel, in suddenly in your presence.  You may not even know what an angel is, and then one is talking to you?  I don’t know about you, but I would probably pass out because I was petrified. But then it says,

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.”

So, this glorious creature now tells you to not be scared. It’s so beautiful and terrifying all at once, but you believe it.  You know not to be afraid, and it tells you it has good news.  But what exactly?

11 “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

The Savior, Lord, Master, Messiah.  It is a great event for everybody WORLDWIDE (MSG version).  The creator of the universe has sent his beloved baby boy to save the entire human race.  And this angel comes to tell these shepherds? What do they have to do with anything?

My own personal take on the shepherd part of the Christmas story is the idea of being called.  These shepherds weren’t special in anyway that we know.  We are only given the information in these few verses.  And suddenly they are visited by an angel who tells them of the most wonderful news the world has ever heard.

15-18 “As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.” (MSG version)

They dropped what they were doing to spread the good news.  The most glorious news.  They didn’t complain, or put it off, or weigh the pros and cons.  As soon as they heard the angel, they went on their way RUNNING.  I hate running, so it would have certainly have been out of my comfort zone.

I guess what I’m trying to say is you don’t have to popular, athletic, look a certain way, have the best grades, or know the Bible in and out to spread the good news of Christ.  If we claim to be Christians, we have all been called to do so, as well.  The shepherds heard the special words and suddenly knew their duty: to tell others.  We are called to do the same.  How many times have we ignored the little voice in our head that we KNOW is God trying to speak to us and we push it away? How often do we complain when we have to do the “right thing?”  I think we all have a time or two.  And we claim to be God’s children and followers and lovers, but yet we can’t even live a life for Him or tell other people about Him? How disrespectful are we?

I recently heard a quote: “We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.”

Witnesses. Witnesses to the good news that Christ is in this world, and there is nothing greater than that news.

This next video is just a small take on what the shepherds may have been feeling.  Check it out.  Really makes you think.
Skit Guys Shepherd video here

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Love you all! -Meredith

(image found by searching ‘shepherds’ on google, it is not mine)

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