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Written by Chris Kibble   
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:59

Dear all,


The shepherds were so privileged! They were informed of the

birth of the Messiah in a dramatic way. They witnessed a

heavenly host praising God. They were able to visit the baby

Jesus, the future Messiah. Shepherds indeed - dirty, smelly,

outlawed from the temple, light fingered, unreliable witnesses.

What a crew! Yet there are so many parallels with our own story.



The angels had an encounter with God: they witnessed the same

Shekinah glory which was in the burning bush, in the pillar of fire

and cloud which guided Israel through the desert, in the

tabernacle and in the temple. It was the same glory that shone

around Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. I wonder when

you first encountered God? Was it gentle, or was it dramatic?


They were given a full briefing: despite his dramatic appearance,

the angel assures the shepherds that they had nothing to fear. As

prophesied in Micah, the Messiah would be borne in Bethlehem

and they were invited to see him. Not just that, but the Messiah

would be their Saviour as well. Just as Joseph, Mary’s husband,

was informed, the baby would be called Jesus because he would

save their people from their sins. I wonder how your

understanding of Jesus came about. Gradually? Dramatically? Yet

to come?


They responded promptly: the English doesn’t do justice to the

urgency with which the shepherds went to Bethlehem. As

someone said, it was the 'first Christmas rush’. They wouldn’t

have been made welcome at the religious services of the day. But

they were rewarded with a front row view of the infant Jesus. It

must have been quite a conversation that Mary and Joseph had

with the shepherds. And what did the shepherds do next? They

‘spread the word concerning what had been told them about this



Have you yet come to Jesus in repentance and faith, and asked

him into your heart? Maybe this Christmas could be the start of

your new life in Christ. And if you still have questions, what about

the Christianity Explored course in the new year? You’ll be very






Pastor Chris


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:05