When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said one to another. “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord told us about” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child. And all who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:15-18 NIV
Mary had already had unexpected guests before the birth of her Son! The angel of the LORD had informed her that she was chosen to bear this special Child! After she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit, she visited her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant! As soon as Elizabeth saw Mary, she was filled with the Holy Spirit also! Mary sang a beautiful song of praise then, revealing her Love for God and knowledge of Scriptures! She was a simple girl, yet experiencing some amazing changes in her life!
Her pregnancy had shocked Joseph, who was appalled that his beloved Mary had apparently been unfaithful to him! He would have divorced her except for the fact that he too, had an unexpected visitor and the angel assured him of Mary’s purity. In God’s perfect timing, they traveled to register for taxation in Bethlehem near her due date. Old Testament prophecy says the Child must be born there! Micah 5:2
Unexpected guests in the middle of the night! Mary was overjoyed with the birth of her son Jesus, but things had been a bit unusual all that day and night! Every room in Bethlehem had been already been filled to capacity! As they went from place to place, Mary’s birth pangs were increasing! She need a place and very soon! She simply could not travel anymore! Finally an Innkeeper realized she must have a private place and right now! He kindly offered his stable in back of the Inn. Her baby son was soon born and she laid him in the manger, then she laid down to rest from the rigors of childbirth!
Suddenly and unexpectedly, the stable was filled with shepherds in the middle of the night! How unusual for shepherds to leave their sheep and come into town at such an hour! It did not take long for her to realize they too, had had unexpected guest that night! The angels announcing the birth of her Son Jesus to them! How exciting, but also so much to think about!
Since Bethlehem was only about five miles from Jerusalem, some scholars thought these shepherds may have been caring for the Temple lambs used for sacrifices. That may or may not be a fact, but an interesting thought, since this baby was to be called in the future, “The Lamb of God.” These shepherds were at the lower end of the social status in those days, yet their work was vital for fulfilling the altar requirements in the Temple! Most people would not even associate with them, yet these humble men were the ones God’s angels announced the Birth of His Son to!
These shepherds would have understood the term “Lamb of God” long before the Pharisees realized the significance of Jesus being called “The Lamb of God!” It is rather amazing the angels of the Lord came to these shepherds and not the priests or the Pharisees! The shepherds had the honor of being Jesus’ first visitors after his birth! As they honored this Child, I feel they could not have known that one day He would become their Great Shepherd!
Mary had listened attentively to all the shepherds had to say. She treasured the words in her heart, pondering over them and what they all would mean! Have you ever wondered what she may have been thinking as she bathed him, fed him, changed him and carried him about? She was a very young woman when he was born and already her life was filled with very unusual events! When the shepherds left Mary, Joseph and Jesus, they went into the town, shouting with excitement!
How startled the town people must have been when the shepherds made yet another unexpected visit in the middle of the night! The Bible said they did not waste any time spreading this Good News to the whole town! I doubt anyone got much sleep that night! I can just imagine them gathering in the streets under bright moon light to discuss these strange happenings! What could it all mean?
We see such strength in Mary as a result of her fully trusting in the LORD through all the dangers she had to face! What happens to us when we have unexpected or unusual happenings in our lives? Do we react with alarm or confidence in our LORD? Do you ever ponder or meditate on things the LORD has revealed to you, perhaps unexpectedly? Are you convinced He will really work all out for your Good?
Have you met this Jesus Christ personally? If so, are you filled with the wonder and delight of Him as you share your testimony with others? With this Christmas Season arriving, many are beginning their celebrations. It is a perfect time to share what this Child’s Birth has meant in your own life!
“It is good to praise the LORD, and make music to your name O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1-2 NIV
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.”Ps.98:4 NIV
“COME TO THE LIGHT!”
On the road to Bethlehem, only the moon and stars lit their way.
When they arrived late that night, they searched for a place to stay.
Everywhere they went they heard the same words, “No room!”
The time for her baby was near and they needed a place very soon!
Finally, one man offered them his stable out back
And thankfully, they gathered straw from a nearby haystack!
There in such a humble place, the Light of the World was born!
No silken robes for this King, only simple swaddling clothes worn!
The shepherds with great joy ran to tell what the angels had to say!
Wise men arrived, telling how His Star had led the way!
The Light of the World had come to open blind men’s eyes,
To set them free and destroy the evil effect of Satan’s dark lies!
Today, many still say, “No room!” and walk in the blackest of night!
Not realizing the peace and power and joy, of walking in His Light!
When we accept Him, there’s no need to fear when the LORD sees us,
For this Gift from the Father, is our LORD and Savior, Christ Jesus!
Simeon’s joy! “Then he took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:28-32.
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
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