Advent 17: That is Amazing News!

The shepherds were shocked and amazed by their angelic visitors and the mind blowing news that they were hearing. It’s really no wonder that they left their sheep in the middle of the night to go to see if it was all true. (I wonder if the sheep were there when they got back and whether they had work the next day as a result?)

They had been told that the saviour had been born in Bethlehem and the shepherds must have been surprised that they were being notified of this major event!

Previously there had been no expectation that God knew or cared about people like them but if God was communicating with them, then they were in!

kid born in shed saves world shockThe shepherds were shocked by the angels appearing and they were shocked that God would speak to them and to top it all they were now hearing that the saviour was going to be found sleeping in an animal feeding trough.

They were also told that they would find the baby, snugly wrapped in a manger which was strange. They would have expected a Messiah to arrive majestically but instead, and in contrast to the angels they found him in a vulnerable,humble and poverty-stricken state.

Rather than looking at this ordinary looking baby and being unimpressed, the shepherds rushed out to tell people about their amazing encounter with the angels and the son of God.

When we have an encounter with Jesus it should leave us with a burning desire to tell people about it!

The shepherds weren’t responding to an evangelism training course or some carefully thought through missional strategy, they simply had an encounter with Jesus and they couldn’t help but talk about it.

Are we up for encountering Jesus?

I’m not talking about just turning up to church and singing a few songs about Jesus. I mean, are we really expectant that we can meet with Him, because if we do, we will be changed.

May God give us the desire to encounter him and may he also give us the courage to be honest about what he is doing in our lives.

This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.

You can read more about the shepherds encounter with the angels in Luke 2 starting at v8.

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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