After the Birth - Psalm 77:11-12
When the angels left them, the shepherds discussed what they’d seen, and decided to go to Bethlehem. There they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby in the manger. The angel’s proclamation had proved true. The Christ. The Savior. Lord of lords. The world would never be the same. The shepherds celebrated and told the good news to everyone they saw.
What was going on a week later? The shepherds were back to work. They chased sheep that had wandered off. They fought off wolves and thieves. Ordinary days came and went in ordinary fashion. Maybe they argued among themselves. Maybe one of them said the glorious event had never occurred. It had been a dream or mass hallucination. Maybe they’d been tricked. Maybe it had been an ordinary homeless child.
Because of their occupation, shepherds were unable to keep ceremonial law, and were despised by the law keeping Jews. How many people ridiculed and accused them of lying? In hard times, depressing times, those simple men might have been tempted to question their memory. They would have needed the encouragement of friends, reminding them of the day the world changed.
Did the shepherds encourage one another? “It’s true. We saw the new born Messiah. There is hope for all of us. God the Father cares. He has sent His Son to rescue us. The King of kings has come to save His people from their sins, and we saw Him.”
As believers, life changed when we met the Savior. It was an event we treasure, but are hard pressed to describe. In the world of unbelievers, there is doubt and ridicule. We need encouragement and reminding. Read God’s word daily. Encourage your friends.
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11-12 ESV
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