Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Shepherd Who Will Guide the Flock of Man

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Luke 2:8-15 (ESV)

Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds
Govert Flinck

And they were shepherds, watching their flocks in the field.  The night skies overhead were filled with an abundance of stars.  A chill was beginning to set in as the moon arched its way through the heavens.  They talked in simple words, voices of those who were not scholars.  Some of their utterances were sharp and crude, cutting on the edge of decency.  They were not men of holiness seen by the world.  They were shepherds with a flock to protect from wild animals and those who would do harm.

And at some moment during this cold night a light filled the sky.  The men were frightened by the sight.  They cowered against what little shelter they had.

And a voice spoke from the realm of heaven:

Do not fear.
Do not shield your faces from me.
I am an angel of the Lord.
And to you
on this holy day
a child is born,
a shepherd who will guide the flock of man.

And a chorus erupted overhead with an army of angels.  The sky lit up with radiance and the song the shepherds heard was glorious.  The lyric lifted God on high and praised the coming of the messiah, the author of creation.

For on this day,
in Bethlehem,
a savior has come to you.
Seek Him in a manger
amongst the animals,
in a cold stable
lying in the warmth of the hay.

And once again the sky became dark.  The chorus vacated the heavens.  The voices gave way to silence.  The night returned to what it had been before.

"Let us go and see this thing." They said to each other.  A sense of wonder filled their minds.

And so they left their flocks behind and went to seek the one who will never abandon His sheep.

copyright 2016 - Donald P James Jr  

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