By Karen Polich
Pastor Michael Cook’s Song and Savior sermon message focused on the ultimate announcement. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11 Listen to the podcast here.
Luke 2:11 sums up the concept of Christmas. It is the high point of all redemptive history.
Christ is born. Everything else is secondary in the story.
Major stories are shared. People of influence are usually the first to know. Yet, who did God choose to share the story? Shepherds were God’s messengers of choice. Though not a shameful position, it was a lowly position in society. These were not the men of importance in the area.
Isn’t it just like God to go to the outcasts and make them central in the message of Christ’s birth?
Just as Jesus is the way to reconciliation with God, shepherds were the gate keeping sheep in or out of the corral at night. The symbolism of the shepherd’s role in protecting and tending the sheep shouldn’t be missed. Jesus’ proclaimed that He is the Good Shepherd.
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:8-11
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them”… God had been silent for almost five hundred years.
What is significant about this appearance is the Glory of God shone around them. It had been hundreds of years since anyone experienced this.
God’s plan was not only in place, but was there for everyone to see. Can you see it this Christmas?