7593 - Let's Go See


There was nothing particularly special about the group of shepherds in Luke chapter 2, but they saw something no one else ever had or would.

First, let’s consider the words of 1 Peter 1:18-20; they relate to what we’ve been studying in Luke. Listen:
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

What wonderful news. These verses tell us that before Jesus was born people were living empty lives. But God, in His omniscience, knew all this even before Adam was created, so in heaven the plan of redemption was formulated. The beginning of the fulfillment of the earthly dimension of this heavenly plan is the very things we are studying about in these early pages of the Gospel of Luke.

Today we will look at the shepherds who heard this good news one night as they were keeping their flocks safe out in the fields near Bethlehem.

I will read Luke 2:8-20 and then we’ll dig deeper:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Angels have been very active in these early passages in Luke. Zechariah, Mary and Joseph all had been visited by angels, and now an angel comes to interpret the events of this night for the shepherds.

Give your attention to the clear Messianic announcement of the angels. “I bring good news of great joy that will be for all people... A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” There is no room for misunderstanding. Christ is born. The promised One, God’s gracious manifestation of Himself to men, is on the scene as a baby in a manger. God Himself was demonstrating His great love, and grace to mankind.

We can glimpse the attitude of heaven through the joy of this heavenly host. God is extending His mercy and grace to fallen mankind.

You see, until Jesus came to earth to give Himself as the sacrifice for man’s sin, no human was qualified to enter heaven. It seems the heavenly host was excited that soon Jesus would destroy the devil’s work,which separated Adam and all succeeding people from God. God was reconciling the world unto Himself in Christ. That’s something for the heavenly host and angels to praise about.

Then the shepherds hustled to town and found Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus just as they had been told. They couldn’t keep quiet. They spread the word and all who heard were amazed.

As for Mary, she treasured all these things in her heart and pondered over them in future days and years.