True Meaning of Christmas Day 6: Shepherds

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Did you notice that I didn’t post yesterday? Well, I got my counting all off and realized my days were wrong.  I really wanted to talk about the Shepherds on Christmas Eve, because on the Eve of Christ’s birth an angel appeared to the shepherds. That is why I decided to not post yesterday.  I hope you can forgive me. Since I know you guys have been on the edge of your seats since yesterday, let us begin!

A group of shepherds we just minding their business watching over their flocks of sheep.  When an angel of the Lord appeared to them.  He said to them the most popular saying which was,

“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 bea sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-14.

The next thing that happened, is my favorite visual: “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.'”  Can you imagine being able to see the heavens open and a group of angels singing to you? That would be the most beautiful experience.  I came close to that visual when I hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing. They sound like angels singing to me! If you haven’t heard them sign, check them out on YouTube!

The shepherds didn’t waste time to go see the baby. It says that they left with haste, which means immediately and fast. I would have done the same thing, I would have ran to where the baby was to witness his birth.

I read something interesting I found on Facebook, it was posted on LDS Living’s website titled, Why Shepherds Were Invited to Witness Christ’s Birth—and Not Somebody Else.  In there it brought up a great point about why shepherds were chosen, and I loved this point they brought up:

There is a tendency to romanticize the shepherds, making them in our imagination good, gentle, humble figures. In actuality, shepherds at the time were often looked upon as unclean and outside the law, sometimes even as dishonest, because they often grazed their flocks on other people’s lands. In this case, they fit well with Luke’s emphasis elsewhere in his Gospel, where Jesus declares he has come not to the righteous but to the outcasts and sinners.

This was such a great thought that shows that Jesus loves us all, perfect or not.

My final thought I want to add

After the shepherds saw Jesus Christ, they didn’t just keep what they saw to themselves.  The shepherds went out and declared what they had seen to everyone, they wanted all to come and witness his birth!

May we all remember his love for us this holiday season, and may we all declare his birth to everyone!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Love you all!

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