(Luke 2:7-9 KJV)
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the
inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
This scripture is read
more at Christmas than at any other time of the year. Sunday school teachers love
to tell the story about Mary and Joseph giving birth to baby Jesus in a barn and
wrapping Him in swaddling clothes and laying Him in a manger. Pastors love to give
the theological reason for Christ’s coming and what each of the gifts meant that
the three Wise Men brought to baby Jesus.
department loves to participate by going to the storage room and dusting off
the manger and all the other props that are needed to make up the nativity
scene. Sometimes they even go so far as to set up a live nativity scene in
front of the church by using real people to play the parts of Mary and Joseph
and baby Jesus. Of course this scene would not be complete without the three
Wise men baring gifts and a couple of unwilling animals (such as a donkey and a
sheep), looking on.
All of these
things are wonderful reminders of the birth of our Lord and we should continue
to participate in them but there is a lot more to this story.
The night of Jesus’
birth the greatest ‘Light show’ on earth took place out in the fields where the
shepherds were tending the flocks by night. The Light the shepherds saw was not
manufactured by man…no, it was none other than the Glory of the Lord putting on
a ‘Light show’ for the shepherds to see. In other words, this Light was the
result of all heaven celebrating the birth of the King of Kings and the Lord of
I suppose the real
question is, why did the heavens ‘Light show’ take place in the field with the
lowly shepherds and not with the wise, the powerful, and the rich?
It was appropriate
for the celebration of the Chief Shepherd (Jesus) to be done first for the
When the Bible said,
“There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn”…that was a prophetic
statement. The fact is there never seems to be any room at all for the Glory of
God in anything natural. That is why the Lord has always displayed His Glory in
the common places such as in the barn where He was born, in the field where the
shepherds were and in you and me.
When Jesus was
born I am sure that Mary and Joseph did as I do when I am around a new
baby. They gazed at His tiny little hands
and feet and face.
However, Mary and
Joseph did not know that there were probably other little babies being born
that same night that would one day be driving spikes in their little Baby’s hands
and feet. Little did Mary and Joseph
know that their Baby would be the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of all mankind
including the ones that would nail their Baby to the cross.
Little did they
know as they were gazing at their Baby that He was the Son of God and that His
death would make way for you and me to also become sons of God.
We have a theme
park in San Antonio called Feasta Texas. The park was actually built in a
gravel pit where millions of tons of gravel had been mined over the years. This
mammoth old pit had extremely high rock cliffs which proved to be a perfect fit
for the laser show the park did each night at closing time. When the laser
lights bounced off those high walls it was absolutely spectacular. It was so
breathtaking that all one could hear was a low roar from the crowd of, “Wow,
One can only
imagine how these lowly shepherds felt when they unexpectedly saw this
breathtaking Glory ‘Light show’ celebrating of the birth of the King of Kings
and the Lord of Lords. I know all I can say while I am thinking about such a
display is, “Wow, Wow, Wow”.
Thank You for
showing Your glory to the shepherds first. We as shepherds are still
overwhelmed by that Glory as we continue to tell the story of that faithful
night that changed the world for all mankind.