Welcome to Day 4 in our third and final week of our study ‘He Came from Heaven to Earth’.
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When the world has something important to say, no one seeks out poor, unknown people to tell it to. The world wants pomp and show. It is reported on certain news stations, it is published in the most acclaimed newspapers and magazines.
In the middle of nowhere, in the dark of night, the greatest message was give to poor, humble shepherds.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
This message was to be give to all people and that message was news of GREAT JOY. It was the best news that could even be given.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
This day was the day of the Saviour’s birth. This day was the day that God’s mysterious Plan of Salvation was revealed.
Lowly shepherds received the message of Jesus’ birth.
They were lowly in status but yet they were very exhauled in the eyes of God. These shepherds had to have known the message of the advent of the Messiah. They had to have been obedient to God’s voice. When they head the command to go, they obeyed and went and found the baby Jesus, laying in a manger.
Luke 2:17- 18
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.
These lowly shepherds became called to be witnesses to the Messiah’s birth and messengers to carry this good news of great joy abroad.
Sometimes in our lowly state we think that we have nothing important to say. We think that God has nothing important to say to us, except through some rich, famous or talented person. The shepherds show us that God doesn’t look st the outward, but He looks at the heart. It doesn’t matter if we are poor shepherds in a field at night- God has a message for us and a work for us to tells others of Him.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
The wise men were not from among the Jews. They were not part of the church leadership. Yet these men saw the sign of the birth of the King and those who should have seen, were oblivious to the Messiah’s birth.
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
The church leaders of the day knew the message of the Saviour’s birth in theory. They knew the scriptures but they didn’t keep that message in their hearts so that they would have been prepared for the coming King.
God is calling us not to know Him in therory. We are to know Him in reality so that we will be ready to receive His messages to us.
The wise men travelled by night.
All night they travelled and rested in the day. They saw the star and followed it. While men slept, while dangers lurked in the shadows, these wise men from the east followed the Messaih’s star. They didn’t think it was too much to travel like that. The sacrifice wasn’t too great to make to see the King.
Matthew 2: 11
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
They brought him gifts and worshipped him while all the rulers did not.
God uses humble men and women who seek after Him. Once we are willing and seek Him, He will give us His messages and guide us in the paths that we should go.
Let us not look at our situations and think that we are too anything to be seen and used by God.