Luke 2 verses 8 -18 says;
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has 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 were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
The verses you just read are the story of one of the greatest ‘Divine Encounters’ ever known. Over two thousand years ago, there were shepherds in a field minding their own business when suddenly out of nowhere they are surrounded by a host of angels who tell them of the birth of the Messiah.
It’s quite amazing that God used these rough and ready men to be the first people told of the birth of the Saviour of the world. Actually, maybe it’s not that unusual. God has always worked wonders for the forgotten, for the despised, and for the lowly. From the very beginning of His time on earth, Jesus came to those who felt horrible and were hated. The shepherds help us see that God has a message for sinners just like us. Everyone matters to God.
It says in Luke 2, that when the shepherds had been to Bethlehem, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds had a first-hand ‘Divine Encounter’, one that would change them forever. They told people about the ‘Good News’ of Jesus, and their first-hand account not only amazed people, but I’m sure it changed their lives.
And this is the message that we have for our community this Christmas. Let’s be determined more than ever to tell our friends and family the reason why we celebrate at this time of year. Pray for ‘Divine Encounters’ this Christmas, let God use you as He used the shepherds two thousand years ago, and let’s see what He can do!
God bless you,
Friday 1st of December 2017
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