The Nativity Scene Up Close
December 13, 2015
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This is a series of several blogs on the characters
that are part of the traditional Nativity scene
It happened on a hillside outside the little town of Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago. Some shepherds were watching their flock of sheep. It was night. (When there are no fences the sheep need 24/7 care.) Suddenly the dark and silent night was interrupted by a single heavenly visitor, an angel straight from the throne of heaven. Historian Dr. Luke states that the glory of the Lord shown all around them. In other words, they found themselves in the middle of a holy hologram with sacred surround sound!
The angel informed them that the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, had been born in the nearby town, in a barn, and could be found lying in a hay manger. Then a flash mob of angels appeared in the sky above them, a heavenly choir of thousands singing to an audience of less than half a dozen shepherds!
The shepherds went to town, searched stables, and found what the angels said they would find. And they worshiped the special child. When they left they couldn’t help but spread the word about their experience. These ordinary, humble shepherds were the world’s first evangelists!
Christmas means a lot of things, but the shepherds who visited the stable and stood amazed at what lay in the manger tell us one thing Christmas means. Christmas means… sharing good news! It can for us, too!
“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:17)