21. Shepherds & The Lamb

The glory of the Lord lit up the field outside Bethlehem, as God chose faithful shepherds to be the first to hear, that the earth’s Savior had finally come. Guardians who raised countless sheep to be delivered to the Temple in Jerusalem, to be sacrificed for the sins of the masses. They heard those lambs’ first cries, then heard the first cries of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

An angel gave the birth announcement, then the choir sang:

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds took the challenge and went on the treasure hunt to find the baby in a manger.  Did they go to several animal shelters or were they lead right to it? Either way, they found the treasure—the Savior in the manger.

When they left the little family, the group was changed forever!  They rehearsed the sights and happenings—the glory, the angels, and the young couple. But it was the manger’s holy provision that touched them so deeply.  The shepherds kept glorififying and praising God for the baby, the Lamb of God, who would grow up to save the world from sin, forever.  Echoing the angels, one shepherd raised his hand to Heaven and declared, “Glory to God in the highest!”

Several others joined in with him saying, “And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:8-20; John 1:29

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