Shepherds Come to Jesus
Luke 2:8-20, KJV: “8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
So far, God has used angels in many ways to reveal something. Here, it's no different. Angels tell the shepherds watching their sheep the good news that the Messiah is born, and they tell the shepherds where to find the baby and His parents.
The shepherds come quickly to find the baby. They do find Him in a manger, as the angels had told them. What did Mary ponder in her heart about? Perhaps about the fact that the angels had shown up to the shepherds and told them where to find Jesus. Perhaps it was about that the shepherds were telling others about their baby, who is the Messiah. Probably all of the above.
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