Go tell it!
December 20, 2013, 10:03 AM

     I wonder how we would have done it. How would we have spread the news about a baby king being born? Today, we would use all kinds of social media to share that kind of information.  Well, 2013 years ago that wasn’t an option. So what would you do? I wonder who would have come up with the plan to send some messengers out into the fields to share the news with some shepherds. What a ridiculous idea! LOL (as we would say with social media). I wonder if there is a message there for us as to why God would choose shepherds.

     History tells us that the area around Jerusalem was very important in the production of lambs, lambs that were going to be used for sacrifices in the Temple. Once a year every Jewish family was going to go to Jerusalem and offer sacrifices in the Temple for their sins. And the animal of choice was a lamb. Most families didn’t bring a lamb from home they purchased one after they arrived in Jerusalem. These shepherds understood something we might not think about. They knew about sacrifice. Every lamb they helped birth would be taken to town someday, and used as a sin sacrifice. I think they understood how terrible sin was, with every lamb born. Very likely, they were not experts in the law, but they were experts on sacrifice. Maybe that’s what God had in mind sharing the news with simple shepherds first. The Lamb was here, and would someday be taken to town to be sacrificed for our sins.

After they get the news, something interesting occurs. There’s no discussion, just this statement. "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

No discussion, nothing about how it didn’t make sense, about the theological implications, just “Let’s go”. Another journey of faith recorded in God’s word begins, off to Bethlehem they go!  Think about that for a minute, they had to leave their sheep. They had to leave everything they had worked for to see this thing that had happened. With simple trusting faith they went. They were ready to hear what God had said. My prayer is we are like those simple shepherds, just ready to hear and listen to God. That’s the only way we will ever get the word out!  Have a great week! Philip

Luke 2:10-11

            But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”