The Shepherd —(Jeff Lindsay)

The Shepherd —(Jeff Lindsay)

December 3rd–– the Shepherd with Staff

Scripture:

19 The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.” 

21 Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. 22 When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was ended, he went to his home. (Lk. 1:19-23)

Reflection (Jeff Lindsay):

Step back for a moment. Imagine you’re God and you want to announce the most amazing, incredible, joyous news ever; an event which will literally change the course of history, the birth of your only Son, Jesus Christ. The birth of the One who will be the Savior of the whole world. The One for whom the nation of Israel has been waiting and hoping and praying for thousands of years. Finally, He has come! Who do you announce it to? Who do you tell? Who do you invite to come and see? Shepherds?

The point is that you would expect an event like the birth of Jesus to be announced to the most important people. Political leaders, kings, governors, magistrates, even Caesar might be invited to come and pay homage to the future ruler. Men and women of distinction. Some foreign kings figured it out by following the star of Bethlehem, and they informed Herod. But they didn’t get an angelic messenger, or angel choir, or invitation. Only these few, poor, shepherds, these social and religious outcasts, received the announcement

So why? Why did God do this? Why did He send His angels to announce the birth of Jesus to these shepherds, to invite them, and them only, to come and see the child? Because this good news is truly for all, which includes you and me.

Question:

What does it mean to you that the Good News is for all people?

Prayer:

We give thanks to you oh God because you have chosen to embrace the whole world, you have chosen to leave no one out of your great love! Thank you Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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