They found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20

What the shepherds did after hearing the angels announcement was completely out of character for any shepherd, they left the flock to go into Bethlehem to see the baby. Shepherds have one job and that is to keep the sheep safe. That is not as easy as it might seem. Sheep are dumb; there is no nice way to put it. If one started over a cliff they all would follow. Sheep have been known to drown trying to drink from a swollen river. To top it off they are totally defenseless. If not for the shepherds the wolves and lions would finish off a flock in no time. So staying with the sheep is very important. Yet off they went to see a baby.

After seeing the baby Jesus they then went out and told everyone they met about Jesus, the child angels had told them was God’s Son. I can imagine that met with some skepticism. These were shepherds after all. I imagine a few people believed and went to see the baby but most likely soon forgot what the shepherds told them. It would be thirty plus years before this baby then a man would again shake up the world.

As far Mary, Luke tells us she treasured all these things in her heart. Mary was not like a lot of parents today, ready to tell the world the every little accomplishment their children achieved in the minutest detail with video and photos. As far as we know Mary was not one to boast about Jesus and who His real Father was. Jesus would behave the same way. Never boasting or showing off, He would let His words and deeds speak for themselves.

God will never force us to believe. He wants each of us to come to Him on our own, freely. Forced obedience is not obedience and as soon as the collar is loosened the person will turn on the other. God wants us to willingly give ourselves to Him. He wants us to willingly follow Him.

Have a blessed day and a merry Christmas,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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