Luke 2:8-15 quoted below, we see the “…shepherds were abiding in the field.” Tradition states, or tells us that the sheep were sired in July, and that the resulting births were about five months later in December. This tradition also states that shepherds then and now stay with the flocks during this time to help the ewe’s birth their lambs.
Knowing this, our scripture tells us the shepherds were in the fields for a specific reason. Their annual profits were what was birthed in those few days.
Yet, as they watched, an angel appeared to them and made his announcement. This announcement was more important than their reason to be in the fields. “Unto you is born a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” The shepherds understood the importance of this declaration. They spent little time pondering or dawdling. The scripture in (v15) tells us they left with haste.
I want to dwell on the phrase below, “For unto you is born...”
Isaiah 9:6 states “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:…” These statements are very personal, “us” and “you.” These phrases are: the first to , and the second to Christians, or anyone who will listen. Israel
These phrases make Jesus’ birth a very personal happening. They are very personal to each of us who have called upon, and bowed to His name. This is so important that we need to lay aside all our concerns, our problems, our vices, and relish in the thought He was born for YOU.
As heirs of Abraham, He was born for US.
And as an heir, where is our Christmas spirit? Can we say we have talked more about Jesus than we have about Santa Claus? All our purchased gifts, that we have put on our over burdened credit cards, and all that we receive, are gifts of God through His Son Jesus.
This Christmas, put aside 10% of your time, (tithe time,) to God and His Son Jesus. Involve your children and grandchildren. Teach them this Christmas Story. Let them know the reason. It isn’t those presents, it is the gift of salvation. It is the gift of eternal, everlasting, forevermore existence with God and His Son.
Bro John R. E Chastain