All of us are familiar with the ‘Story of Christmas” – The Birth of the Christ child – Jesus. As part of that story, we can take up where the Angels came down from Heaven and spoke to the three shepherd boys.
Luke 2:8-13 – There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,
What, for me, is interesting about this part of the story, is “why did God want to bring attention to the three shepherds? I know… I’ve read, or heard… the story probably over one-thousand times. Our children have all… read the story on Christmas Eve… for all the family to hear. We always chose the youngest child, or grandchild… one though, who could read… to do the reading. Ah… so pretty and innocent.
Now, jump forward some 2000 years, and I NOW offer… a another perspective on the Story of the Shepherds. God chose the ‘lowest of the lowly.’ The shepherds, in Biblical days… were lower than whale dunk. The shepherds were ostracized by all of society. They were made up of crooks, robbers, thieves, rapists, and killers. Even those afflicted with leprosery were several rungs above a shepherd.
So why then… did God choose to send an ‘Angel of The Lord’ to the shepherds to announce the birth of the Christ-child? God chose the ‘lowest of the lowly’ so that centuries later… all of mankind would still be scratching their heads on the very same subject. God wanted to prove to us… just how much He LOVED us…all. Even the ‘lowest of the lowly.’ God was demonstrating His LOVE for every one of us, no matter who we are. The Bible says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).
This EXAMPLE, along with the story of Moses… a killer, King David… both a rapist and a killer, Peter…who denied Our Lord, and basically… all of the Apostles… ALL where people of little or no consequence. And don’t forget the great bible scholar, himself… St. Paul, who sought out, and had killed… Christians, everywhere.
For further consideration, let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 1:26-31 – For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
This should be a strong reminder that God… chose all of us… bits of nothing… to be “His Children.” He created each of us… in His ‘own Likeness.’ How much better good it be. Yet, some of us… will, in the end… chose EVIL over Good…satan over Jesus. We are a