Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 18, 2007

But Why Them, Lord?

But why Them, Lord?

Luke 2:8-15 “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. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go now even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” (KJV)

It’s often said that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. How very true, and this passage is a good example of this.

Shepherds were often looked down upon by some of their own neighbors. After all, they weren’t very rich or well-educated, and they usually smelled, well, like their sheep. Shepherds weren’t typically part of the “in-crowd”. Why would God choose to proclaim the news of Jesus’ birth to some someone so lowly?

Well, my friends, the wisdom of the world and God’s wisdom are not the same (see 1 Corinthians 1:20-31). Many of the religious leaders at the time of Jesus’ birth were expecting a mighty, earthly king who would take Israel back from the Romans by military might. Someone with such a view of the Messiah probably wouldn’t be able to understand His being born to ordinary parents in a stable. However, the shepherds received the message and were eager to bring the good news to others. They took God’s message of hope for what it is.

What can the shepherds’ reaction to the Good News teach us? First, God doesn’t always act through the people we might expect Him to. People may hear of the Good News from a famous televangelist with a “mega” church and wealthy congregation, but the Gospel can proclaimed just as boldly in a congregation of 200 working-class members. Second, God works things out in His own way, not ours. If we’re not looking at things from a spiritual perspective, we may miss what He’s doing in our lives. Third, many people do not come to the knowledge and love of Christ because they want Him in their lives on their terms, not His. These simple shepherds from 2,000 years ago can teach us a lot.

This Christmas, may we all keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open to Christ working in our lives. Don’t turn away from Him because He doesn’t act the way you expect. God creates miracles in our lives daily. May we always be open to Him, no matter how He chooses to act in our lives.


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