‘As the Angel choir withdrew into heaven, the Sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.’
Luke 2. 15-18
The Sheepherders were given the privilege of being the first witnesses to the birth of Jesus, the Son of God who would offer salvation to the whole world. They were working men at the bottom of the social pile in first century Judea, and normally they wouldn’t have been at the top of the list for invites to such a major event.
God and his Angels saw things differently.
The choice was theirs. It was risky to leave the sheep on the hills. What’s the boss going to think if any of the sheep were lost?
Prioritising is never easy, it still isn’t in our busy world. The Sheepherders were in the ‘vicinity’ of Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem, not the Inn’s backyard.
What’s your view on taking time out this Christmas for Jesus?
A recent survey found that 78% of the working population would NOT choose to work fewer hours for less money.... 70% of us have no Spiritual practice at all....
Question is, if you were one of the Sheepherders, would you have taken time off to trip over to Bethlehem to see for yourself what God was about with this special promise of a Savior?
Do you think in after years the Sheepherders would be thinking the most important thing they ever did was keep the sheep safe for the boss, or would they be thinking ‘I was part of something that changed the world?’
Choices – we all have them. One’s coming up this Christmas, to get to a church and join in the adoration of the Sheepherders, or think ‘No, I’m too busy, I just haven’t got the time.’
A great thinker of the 20th century said – ‘All that is not eternal is eternally useless’. ( C.S. Lewis) Think on it, and join us at All Saints’, or any other Christian Church this Christmas, and make the choice that could be the most significant thing you will ever do.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas,