And now …. On with the story:
Oooh! Today is the day the birth happens! Well, it happened yesterday in the last line of the story but who’s counting. Who’s ready for the rest of the story? By now you know the drill is to grab your warm drink, blanket, put a fire in the fireplace and get comfy.
Jesus’ birth seemed pretty quiet with maybe only Mary and Joseph. One can only assume there were animals present in this stable because that’s where they’d be housed, but the bible never tells of them being present. It doesn’t speak of the smell in that stable or the fact that Jesus may have been laying on straw which would have been in the stable as well.
Immediately after Jesus’ birth there was another angel appearance in a nearby field. This time it was to the shepherds that were tending flocks of sheep that night. Let’s see what God’s word says about that.
Luke 2:8-12 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all the people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sigh: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:13-1 4 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d have been terrified, shocked and amazed to see and hear that. What do you think you’d do?
Luke 2:15-16 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph and there was the baby, laying in the manger.
Guess what those shepherds did? Yeah, they told people, lots of people. Luke 2:17-20 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel said to them about the child. Everyone who heard the shepherds’ story was astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to tending their sheep, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
When I think of the birth of Jesus and the angel appearing to the shepherds, I can’t help but belt out Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let heaven and nature sing… and oh how they sang
This is the greatest story ever told because it results in eternal life with our Creator! The Bible is such a wonder! The Old Testament provides the foundation for the Good News of the Savior who defines the New Testament. Poetry and prophecy. Law and history. They told the story of their times. All the while, those Scriptures were pointing to Jesus.
Thank you for joining me in this exciting story of Jesus’ birth. I hope you enjoyed my story-telling skills, or lack thereof. Hopefully you go out and share God’s love with someone this week and into the coming year. Be His hands and feet; that’s what we’re called to do, right? Spread God’s love and light to this dark world I pray that each of you has a Merry Christmas as you celebrate Jesus’ birth and a very blessed New Year.
Thank you to everyone that stayed with me during this story. I am no Ron so this is not coming from a preaching setting but a girl that has a heart for the Lord and wanted to share Jesus’ birth in a personal story setting. I pray you may have been blessed as I shared my heart with you