Redemption Story (Part 4)
The shepherds were at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. They were typically uneducated, usually poor and they lived among their animals in the elements. You can only imagine what they smelled like. They were a lowly and humble lot, yet they received an angelic invitation to be the first to see the newborn Savior (v. 11) who is for all people (v.10), not just some people. Not just for the Jews but also the Gentiles. Not just for the poor shepherds but also the rich and the wealthy. Each of us needs saving. We need saving from guilt and shame, from hopelessness and despair, from fear and death.
Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer breaks the power of our sin and sets us free. He saves us from our addictions and gives us new life. He liberates us from our self-absorption, our anger, our resentfulness, and our bitterness. He transforms us into a people who can live with freedom, hope and joy. This Savior, this baby born in a manger, is who the shepherds where invited to go and see. Go and see they did, leaving their flocks behind. I can only imagine that on any other night, this would have been grounds for termination.
The shepherds show us how we are supposed to respond to the invitation, “come and see”. They shared their story with those who were present. They responded with obedience and could not control themselves from testifying what God had done in making Jesus evident to them. They responded to their Savior by glorifying and praising God.
Fast forward a couple of thousand years and we see that the story of Jesus is our story told to us and for us just as if we where the shepherds that first Christmas night. Our response to the announcement of our Savior should be no different than theirs. We should follow where Gods leads us and with grace testify to His direction in our lives.
Jesus came to save us from the bad news that seems to be all around us. He came to help guide us through difficult trials, career crossroads, or a decision involving your loved ones, or your future. You see friends, Jesus came to be for us “good news and great joy” (v.10). He came to be for us a gift of hope and grace, and we should be prepared and willing to speak about how God impacted our life. We should respond with glory and praise for all that we have heard, seen, and experienced. How are you responding to the Savior?