A thought that astounded me today is the thought of shepherds, grown outdoors men, visiting baby Jesus. A baby holds wonder and joy and heartwarming, but this was different. I don’t think this was a cooing, oohing and ahhing about his tiny size or cuteness. This baby, this small, God come down to earth child, held so much promise, so much history, prophecy fulfilled, Love come down, life changing, worship changing, freedom bringing, LIGHT OF THE WORLD. From the scriptures, it almost seems that these shepherds are going out of curiosity:
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 2:15 ESV)
Whatever their motives or even knowledge of exactly what they were witnessing, just imagine the breath taking feeling of knowing that you are in the presence of God almighty, in the flesh. That you, you of all people on earth, in time, were given the opportunity to see him, to touch him, to wonder at him.
I imagine tears.
Waving of arms and eyes to heaven in thanksgiving.
Bowing of heads, hearts and bodies before him.
The bible says they went away from that place “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.”
May we also come to this Christmas season of celebration glorifying and praising Him. Speaking to others what we have seen and heard. Proclaiming this gift come down.
Jesus, what a wonder you are!