You Be Shepherd in the Christmas Play


Hey Shepherd.  Yeah, you… Would you come to Bethlehem this Christmas?  Would you enter into a time of wonder and inquiry this Christmas to ask, “God, what are you saying to me through this story?  How does it apply to me and change my life?” God will answer…

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 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.”
Luke 2:8-15

Shepherds are the common-folk in our Christmas story.  They are the everyman and everywoman who interact with the miracle of Christmas each year.  They hear from God through his angel, and their response is critical to what happens next.

This is no different today.  People have an opportunity to respond to God and his gift of Jesus every time they hear the story.  You’ve heard of Christmas, before, haven’t you?  Of course you have.  And how will you respond to the good news that a saviour has been born?  Really.  Not asking how you will respond to flyers and ads for gift-giving.  Not asking whether you are ready for Christmas.  I’m asking how will you respond to the good news of the Christmas story?

This question terrifies some people.  I don’t really think about it all that much.  I know there is a God somewhere out there, yet I don’t really think he is talking to me or that I have any connection to the story of Christmas…  you do.  You’re the shepherd.

You’re in the field watching over your flock by night.  You’re doing what you do.  You’re being who you are.  You are living your life.  And then Christmas rolls around and God’s angels say it again: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

This is a message of great joy for all the people.  Shepherds included.  Because a Saviour has been born to you.  To you.  To you, shepherd.  This is a sign to you.

What will you do with the sign?  Will you let it pass like every other year?  Will you go shopping and put money in the Salvation Army collection kettle at the store?  Will you love your family and share a meal and make commitments for the next year that you won’t keep and keep moving along in the field with your sheep?

Or will you stop what you are doing and respond, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Would you come to Bethlehem this Christmas?  Would you enter into a time of wonder and inquiry this Christmas to ask, “God, what are you saying to me through this story?  How does it apply to me and change my life?”

God will answer.  His angels are at the ready to sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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