Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there? It was a night like any other night. The monotony continued as you tended your sheep just like all the other nights. The sheep were doing their thing and you and your fellow shepherds tried to stay awake and vigilant for any dangers.
Suddenly the quietness of the night was shattered. There was a bright light and then you see him. The angel started to speak of a special baby and that you could find him in a barn using a feed trough as a bed! Although He was in such humble surroundings, He was King of Kings! As if that wasn’t enough, suddenly the skies are filled with a host of angels praising God. Their cries echoed across the countryside.
“”Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace
among those with whom he is pleased!””
Luke 2:14 ESV
God had fulfilled His promise in the most unlikely ways. The Savior had arrived, but not riding in on a war horse as a mighty conqueror. He arrived on the scene as a helpless baby born in a barn. The shepherds rushed to town and found Jesus just as the angels had said. That encounter left them changed men.
Jesus is still in the life changing business. He gives peace between us and God. He brings us into His family and gives us the capacity to love as He loved. He revealed His purpose in Luke as He read from the old testament and declared that very day the crowd was seeing prophesy fulfilled..
“”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”” Luke 4:18-19 ESV
As we remember and celebrate the advent of Jesus, let us never forget He still brings peace.
Merry Christmas! May the peace that passes all understanding fill your heart now and everyday.