When I was in junior high there was a really pretty, really popular, really rich girl named Kristen. And toward the end of the school year it was known that Kristen would be throwing a huge pool party at her very impressive home to kick off the summer. I wanted to be invited so bad. I was a cheerleader, but not a super popular cheerleader, but I was hoping just the cheerleader title would be enough to get me in. I can still remember walking in to school one morning and Kristen and a few of her friends were handing out fliers to the pool party and I got one! I was so pumped. I made my mom take me swim suit shopping all over Tulsa. I don’t remember much about the party except that I had to go in and use the restroom and I used her parents bathroom which had a fireplace in it… I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped. I thought that was awesome and still do.
I was reminded of that party today when I was thinking about the night Jesus’ was born and the people who were invited. The birth of Jesus was no doubt THE event of the decade, the century, the millenium, and whatever comes after that. It was more important than Princess Diana’s wedding, the Super Bowl, The Beatles, or man walking on the moon, yet only a few people made the guest list.
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Shepherds. That’s it. Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and shepherds who were on call that night. The angel appeared to them and told them about the birth of the savior and they went and found Him just as the angel described. They were there for the party of all parties.
God could have made the all of Bethlehem light up to let everyone know what had just happened in their sleepy town, but He chose to tell only the shepherd and then to let them tell everyone else.
Some people believe He told the shepherds first because Jesus would later refer to Himself as our shepherd. Some people believe He chose the shepherds to honor men like Abraham, Moses, and David who were all shepherds. I believe He told the shepherds because He knew they would go. He knew they would take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity to see the savior of the world on the night of His birth.
“Because of their defiled conditions, shepherds were not allowed to go to the Temple, to offer sacrifices, or to go to the synagogues, so any religious experience a shepherd might enjoy had to be between himself and God. But to a Jew of that time and especially the Temple authorities the idea of worshipping God apart from the Temple was thought to be anathema. True religion was not a personal thing in their eyes, it was corporate. So, for all these reasons, even the most pious shepherds were labeled as being unclean, and could not come into the presence of God.” (Nick Harris)
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
- Jesus came for all people.
- When we seek Him, we find Him.
- God chose to invite the shepherds to Jesus’ birth night and let them be the ones to go and tell!
- Gus was so excited to have his old dog Norah at our house today.
- Gus accomplished his goal of “wanting to make Norah feel welcome.” He is so ridiculously sweet to that dog.
- Fun morning hanging out with my parents watching the kids play.
- Original Pancake House.
- Bacon Pancakes. Little pieces of bacon cooked into fluffy pancakes covered with syrup. Yum!
- Took a nice little nap.
- Arthur Christmas movie afternoon with Gus.
- Hot tea and honey.
- Sore throat lozenges.
- The kids got to see Santa tonight and looked so nice for their picture with him.
- Beau is so great about stuff like that, she had no fear of the man with the beard.
- Gaylord Hotel. So beautiful at Christmas time.
- Gus got to go snow tubing in Texas!
- His adorable little smiling face after each ride down the hill.
- Beau’s pearl necklace.
- Hard 8 BBQ!
- Got to sit in the back of the car and snuggle and talk with Gus on the way back to our house.
- Gus was overcome with compassion for the little kids who won’t get presents this year and asked if we could help them all. His heart is huge!
- Settlers of Catan game night with my parents… which I of course won!
- Enjoyed listening to some of my parents Christmas memories from when they were growing up.
- Christmas bonus!
- My children are alive and sleeping soundly in their beds.
- The Lord is my light and salvation–whom shall I fear? Ps 27:1
- Jesus will return!