Joy In The Sheep Pasture (Adv. Week 3)
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 KJV
What in the world were the shepherds thinking as they witnessed the choir of angels singing “Glory to God in the highest?”
Lowly shepherds keeping watch, not for a King but for danger lurking in the dark, were the first to hear, “For unto you a child is born…”
Luke 2:8-14 KJV
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
I’m sure the shepherds were stunned as they heard the angels’ announcement. Isn’t it ironic that simple shepherds were chosen to be the first to receive the news of our Good Shepherd’s birth?
John 10:11 ESV
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
We can only imagine what their eyes saw that night.
Luke 2:15-21 KJV
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
As we light the Shepherd (Joy) Candle, let’s remember that our true joy is found in Jesus.
Joy to the World!
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